Dana Walden Addresses Disney General Entertainment Colleagues After Executive Shakeup, Pledges Commitment To Inclusion & Dana Walden sent a note to staff Monday morning, her first public comments since being named Chairman of Disney General Entertainment.
She expressed her “immense gratitude to Bob Chapek for providing me this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” adding that she “is extremely proud of what we accomplish.” She also lauded Peter Rice, a “talented CEO,” for his mentoring and friendship, as well as the accomplishments of each division in the content group’s portfolio.
Following Disney CEO Chapek’s surprising removal of Rice as Chairman of Disney General Entertainment and Walden’s selection to succeed him, Walden sent a business email. The reorganization sent shockwaves through the corporation, impacting staff morale.
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As she begins her first week at my new work, she would like to start by telling us how surprised and impressed she was every day by all of you. Here are some of the reasons why:
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