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Disney World executive promoted - Sun-Senitnel, 11/15/05


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  • Disney World executive promoted - Sun-Senitnel, 11/15/05

    Weiss said in a telephone interview Monday night that he is looking forward to taking on added responsibilities and will remain in Orlando, where Disney is the area's largest employer at 57,000 workers.

    "My role is taking the best ideas and making sure they transfer to the other sites as quickly and efficiently as possible," Weiss said. He said in his new position all theme-park presidents will report to him and that he is not expecting other executives to relocate to Orlando.

    Weiss said the new global emphasis from a business and operating standpoint does not mean that the parks around the world will become uniform.

    "They're going to continue to stay very unique," he said.

    In addition to Weiss, the only other executive whose job title is changing is Leslie Goodman, a company spokeswoman in California. She becomes senior vice president of public affairs, in charge of internal and external communication, community and governmental affairs for all the parks worldwide. Her title previously was senior vice president of strategic communications.

    Goodman said the changes won't be noticed by Disney's visitors, who already see the parks as a single entity, but it will allow executives in the resort division to more quickly and easily share information and implement changes.

    "This is really a platform for sharing," Goodman said, with Rasulo still running the whole show for the division. The executive committee will meet regularly, she said, both in person in the Burbank, Calif., headquarters and elsewhere, and members will spend more time at the individual parks and resorts.

    In a memo to employees, Rasulo said the new organization "will allow me, with the help of this new leadership team, to focus more energy on our future" and "help us strike the right balance between our focus on current business and future growth."

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