The Disney executive who sculpted the company’s reaction to Florida’s parental rights bill has left his place after just three months on the job.
Disney’s (now former) new head of corporate affairs, Geoff Morrell, said in a declaration to his team that:
“ It has become clear to me that for a number of reasons it is not the right match, ” adding that,
“ After talking this particular over with [Disney CEO] Bob [Chapek], I have decided to leave the company to pursue other possibilities. ”
Morrell’s efforts to position the business against the bill have probably backfired as Florida Conservatives led by Gov. Ron DeSantis stripped Disney of special privileges the company offers enjoyed in that state for a number of decades.
Another example of ‘ get woke, go broke’?
Kristina Schake, hired earlier this month, will replace him as head associated with communications, Disney said within a statement Friday. She is an ex public relations director for Instagram and served as being a spokeswoman for First Female Michelle Obama .
We can only imagine how strong the girl virtue-signaling game is…
Read Chapek’s memo to staff, obtained by Deadline:
I am writing to share the news that Geoff Morrell, our Chief Corporate Affairs Officer, can be leaving the company to pursue other opportunities. Fortunately, the strength and experience of our existing leadership team— which includes relatively new all-star hires— means there is no shortage of talent to guide our reputation-driving functions. With Geoff’s departure, I am pleased to share these changes:
Initial, Kristina Schake will lead The Walt Disney Industry’s communications efforts, serving since our Executive Vice Leader, Global Communications reporting straight to me. In this expanded role, Kristina will have oversight designed for corporate and segment marketing communications and continue to be our key spokesperson. Our business section and content communications leads will continue to dual are accountable to both division leadership plus corporate communications, now brought by Kristina.
We are incredibly fortunate to get Kristina with us at this important time. Her 30-plus years of experience includes roles leading President Biden’s COVID-19 vaccine education program, communications designed for Instagram, and leadership opportunities in political campaigns and the Obama White House. Kristina has a strategic approach and collaborative style, as well as relentless optimism and a strong appreciation of our brand and its put in place the world. These attributes is going to be invaluable as she works to protect and enhance our own reputation, and I am delighted to be working with her more closely.
Following, Government Relations and Global Public Policy will now become led by our General Counsel, Horacio Gutierrez. Given that joining the company earlier this year, Horacio has integrated seamlessly to the Disney family, and has quickly become a valued advisor in my opinion and the leadership team on the wide range of issues. His substantial experience leading these areas will be incredibly useful in driving our efforts.
In addition to his current immediate reports, Susan Fox, Senior Vice President for Authorities Relations, and Yvonne Pei, Senior Vice President, Exterior Relations, Greater China, will certainly join Dorothy Attwood, Mature Vice President, Global Community Policy, in reporting straight to Horacio.
Lastly, Jenny Cohen, Executive Vice President, Corporate Social Obligation, will now report solely in my opinion in her role leading our CSR and ESG efforts. Jenny is a strong leader, and has done amazing work modernizing our method in key areas such as environmental sustainability, community expenditure, and philanthropy.
I am incredibly confident within this team, and look forward in order to working with them and all of the leadership to set Disney’s program for the next 100 years of extraordinary entertainment and experiences.