(I wrote most of this on a thread in the Universal section and thought it would fit better here.)
Acquiring other properties is not an impressive cultural contribution,
so I'm looking forward to the overpaid Bob Iger stepping down in 2015,
unless he is replaced by former CFO Thomas Staggs. That would probably be a step down.
Iger, like Eisner, has become both the CEO and chairman of Disney's board. Maybe Iger's goal is to let Staggs go down with his $800,000,000 MyMagic+ famcuff bracelets and then be seen as still the best one to run Disney for another 2-5 years. Among business academics this is known as "pulling a Leno."
I think that unless JL (below) is chosen, Universal's Steve Burke is the most qualified.
It might cost a lot to get him to leave Universal, but he might be worth it.
He's got guts & he likes to build great things.
So does Jeffrey Katzenberg. If he could sell his Dreamworks Animation (a great place to work!) to, say, Universal, he could be a great Disney CEO as a billionaire who probably wouldn't lead Disney just to enrich himself.
Or we could meld Matt Ouimet with my. . .
First choice: John Lasseter with Staggs as his #2 (his Roy, Sr./Frank Wells). And Staggs should be in charge of Lasseter's eating and exercise program. I want John Lasseter contributing to Disney for another 2 or 3 decades! Commenting on his health might seem rude, but
1. He's not reading this, is he.
2. Since I can't time travel to urge Walt to quit smoking, and
since JL might be the most Walt-like person alive,
this might be the closest I can come to saving Walt and his legacy.
The biggest reason to get out of the swamp created by Eisner's spawn is Disney World.
Disney World hasn't seemed worthy of being called Walt Disney World since the Animal Kingdom opened in April of 1998. What was opened from October of 1971 through April of 1998 (in 26.5 years) was, in my opinion, ten times more impressive than what has opened at Disney World in the last 15 years.