On this day in 1951, Robert Iger the current CEO of The Walt Disney Company was born in Oceanside (on Long Island), New York.
After finishing his undergraduate studies at Ithaca College, Iger began his media career as a weatherman for a local TV station. By 1973, he was working for the American Broadcasting Company where he gradually rose through its ranks over the following decades. Iger served as president of the ABC Network Television Group from 1993 to 1994, and then was named president and chief operating officer of ABC's corporate parent, Capital Cities/ABC.
In 1996 Disney bought Capital Cities/ABC (and renamed it ABC, Inc.) and Iger remained president until 1999. In February of that year, Disney promoted him to president of Walt Disney International. Less than a year later, Iger was again promoted ... this time to president and chief operating officer. This made him the company's number two executive under then Chairman and CEO Michael Eisner.
For the next 5 years Iger served as Disney's number two man. But in March 2005 (after a year of public pressure from Roy E. Disney's campaign to oust Eisner) Disney announced that Iger would replace Eisner as CEO.
"The heart and soul of the company is creativity and innovation." - Robert Iger
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