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  • Robert Iger CEO or No?

    The LA Times reports that Iger is looking more and more like a possible replacment for Eisner.

    For some reason I'm getting chills up and down my spine. Another 15 years of team Eisner on the way?

    Your thoughts?
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    I say give Bob Iger a chance at running Disney without Michael Eisner in the driving seat.Whats the worst that could happen?
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    • #3
      Originally posted by Malin
      Whats the worst that could happen?
      Well, you could get another 15 years of budget cuts and sub par attractions and movies, for starters. Eisner's retirement is a chance for Disney to breath new life and excitement into the company. Iger is status quo.

      But who knows, perhaps he is some sort of miracle worker who just didn't know how to stand up to Eisner.
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      • #4
        I think Roy and Stan will make a big fuss if Iger is named.... Would be interesting.

        Just a few more months until we find out! :devil:
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        • #5
          Iger may be sucking up to Eisner now but he could do a 180 once Eisner leaves.

          Iger could go either way, so who knows.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Evil Minion
            Iger could go either way, so who knows.
            Iger goes either way? I think I know someone who would like to date him for insider info. :devil:
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            • #7
              I have zero read on Iger. So does Wall St, best I can tell.

              That alone is reason to think the Board may not go with him. Wall St. needs to be comforted. Forget Disney parks. There are billions of dollars of shareholder value at stake here.
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              • #8
                Originally posted by Dustysage
                Iger goes either way? I think I know someone who would like to date him for insider info. :devil:
                Only date him if he's married.

                :devil:

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                • #9
                  Bob Iger is married to ex CNN reporter and former print model Willow Bay. They have a couple of kids.Dating may be a long shot

                  If Iger ends up running it you will have business as usual and Eisner as Mini Me. Right now Matt is getting DL into shape and Pressler is gone, so what's not to like?

                  Be optimistic..someone is painting something somewhere in the park while we read this.. :-)
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                  • #10
                    Matt Ouimet is indeed doing a wonderful job of whipping the park back into shape, but he could do even more if the CEO of the Walt Disney Company fully supported him.

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                    • #11
                      True. But the WDC is a business and im frankly shocked that they have spent as much as they have on DL with little return.It's great. Orville thinks Eisner is trying to quickly clean things up and turn everything around so no one would ever want him gone. The company would be doing too well. Basically the whole theme park business model is in the dumps. they need to reinvent the business so it can maintain itself. We love that Matt..
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Cousin Orville
                        im frankly shocked that they have spent as much as they have on DL with little return.
                        I'm shocked that they didn't do more sooner. Neglect has led to deaths on rides, trees falling over in on stage areas, leaky roofs, and god only knows what else that we aren't aware of.

                        As for little in return. Disneyland was the second most visited park in the world last year.
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                        • #13
                          Having a puppet CEO (or dictator, if you will) Disney would be not so good for the company. Having a pencil pusher in charge is very bad for the company.

                          They need to have a balanced team looking out for both the artistic and financial aspects of the company.

                          Kick out Mikey, bring in Steve Jobs, and the company will be saved. Then Steve can begin the process of repairing all the burned bridges left in Eisner's wake.
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                          • #14
                            Iger has image problems, in a big way. He is seen as either a puppet, or cronie, a wallflower, etc. Nothing that really stands out, and definitely not seen as a strong leader. He's spent too much time kissing the boss's behind to stand out as a viable candidate. People would be very suspicious if he was picked- he's got the stench of Eisner on him.
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                            • #15
                              hello no....... What we need is someone who works for the fun of it.. you know how Steve jobs takes little cash... what a dollar a month or day to work as CEO of pixar and Apple... howabout Disney to... Apple can become Disney's official computer in what 8 years... (HP still has a contract..)

                              Imagine of what he could do with the company....

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                              • #16
                                As much as I dislike apple...Steve Jobs is a great visionary, he'd probably make a decent CEO for a company like Disney. They need someone with a huge imagination, heart, and business sense. Disney needs to turn from being the corporate machine it is turning into and go back to its roots. Try to please the families and fans rather than wall street.

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                                • #17
                                  Jobs is the most overrated CEOs in years right now. He's a great salesman (search for the phrase "reality distortion field" sometime) but that's really the extent of it. Apple's cool factor is not because of Jobs, but because of their hardware designers fitting more and more into ever-tinier cases, and their marketing campaigns by Chiat/Day.

                                  At Pixar, I know he does give a little creative input, although he's really busy anymore so I don't know if he still does. The main benefit of Pixar to him prior to the Disney movies was that they were using his NeXT, then Apple, hardware. The company's pictures doubled as a tech demo for the other company.

                                  Jobs is also pretty famous for berating his employees.


                                  While I guess he's a better choice than most since more and more and more of the suits in America are practicing Eisner's bottom-line focused strategy, he wouldn't be my first pick for the mouse.

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                                  • #18
                                    Who would you pick? This is a tough one.
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                                    • #19
                                      That's why I say it's hard. I only know about Jobs like I do because I've been an Apple follower for the past few decades as the company's been through it's ups and downs. At the same time, management in this country is getting filled with drones who will let something break so they can save 14 cents. Presslers and Eisners sadly aren't an exception in today's atmosphere, but a rule.

                                      Until he got taken by a radio company in November, Mel Karmazin would have been my pick. Now I'm just waiting to see what comes along.

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                                      • #20
                                        The perfect CEO is someone who has the ability to trust people which Michael Eisner didn't.Which resulted in him micro managing Disney's various depts.And its resulted in some really creative people leaving or being forced out of Disney.

                                        I think Bob Iger could do it.The theme parks are really starting to turn around after the Pressler era.And have a really strong management team in place.ABC has also made some positive moves lately which have paid of.Don't know about how he do at running the Studios but he's got a great President in Dick Cook,who's respected by almost everyone.I think all Bob needs to do is be creative and be a strong leader.Someone who is respected by not Wall Street but his company.

                                        And I know Roy Disney doesn't want Bob Iger as CEO but it comes a time when I think we all need to question Roy Disney's intentions when it comes to his Save Disney campaign.I still say give the man a chance.
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