13 Facts About Bob Chapek

1. Bob Chapek began his Disney career in 1993 as the marketing director for the company's Buena Vista Home Entertainment division, which at that time was still very much focused on VHS tapes.

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2. Bob Chapek knew how to grow the business while adjusting to the changing marketplace, which was intense.

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3. Bob Chapek was appointed president of Disney Consumer Products in September 2011.

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4. In 2013, Bob Chapek secured a deal with Hasbro, whereby the toy company paid Disney $80 million in royalties to extend the license for Marvel toys and an agreement for Hasbro to pay Disney up to $225 million for the rights to forthcoming Star Wars merchandise.

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5. In 2014, Bob Chapek launched the Disney Imagicademy, which was a suite of numerous tablet and smart-phone apps designed to give children high quality learning games.

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6. Bob Chapek said he spearheaded this initiative after numerous parents told his department that they found it difficult to find high quality learning apps out of the thousands that were available online.

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7. On February 23, 2015, Bob Chapek was named chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts effective that day to replace Thomas O Staggs, who was promoted to Disney Company Chief operating officer earlier in the month.

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8. Bob Chapek oversaw the completion and launch of Pandora – The World of Avatar at Disney's Animal Kingdom in 2017.

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9. On May 18, 2020, Bob Chapek announced Josh D'Amaro as his successor to the position of chairman of Disney Parks, Experiences and Products.

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10. Bob Chapek said that the company would continue to work with local government and healthcare professionals to open the parks responsibly.

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11. Bob Chapek added that when the parks reopened, the first attraction he will ride would be Pirates of the Caribbean.

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12. In October 2020, Bob Chapek spoke about the company's decision to begin focusing on streaming media, including Disney+, and direct-to-consumer advertising.

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13. In June 2022 Bob Chapek signed a three-year contract extension to remain as Walt Disney Company CEO.

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