Bob Chapek
Ty Popko/Disney
United States
2021

Bob
Chapek

CEO

A vet of Disney’s home video and parks divisions since 1993, Chapek has had a wild ride since being handed the keys to the Magic Kingdom in February 2020 after longtime Disney CEO Bob Iger transitioned to executive chairman for the last leg of his contract. The following month, the pandemic shuttered Disney parks worldwide and pushed the pause button on movie releases. When the world emerged from lockdown in 2021, the business Chapek was tasked to run had been fundamentally altered, with an emphasis on streaming over theatrical distribution (resulting in a lawsuit by star Scarlett Johansson over “Black Widow” profits) and theme parks still compromised by the coronavirus. But as long as Disney+ is thriving, Chapek has a place to hang his hat.

Career

  • The Walt Disney Company
  • Wunderman Thompson

Education

  • Indiana University–Bloomington (IN, USA)
  • Michigan State University (MI, USA)

Variety Honors

  • 2020 Variety500 Honoree
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Bob Chapek‘s Early Blunders Made It Hard to Escape Bob Iger's Shadow at Disney

Bob Chapek‘s Early Blunders Made It Hard to Escape Bob Iger's Shadow at Disney

Bob Iger was always going to be a tough act to follow. But Bob Chapek's tenure at the helm of Disney was also marked by unforced errors that ultimately made it impossible to escape Iger's shadow.On Sunday night, Chapek was ousted and replaced by Iger, a little less than three years after Chapek succeeded Iger as CEO in February 2020.Chapek came to the top job from the Parks and Resorts division, and had little experience in dealing with A-list talent...

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