Rich Ross named chairman of Walt Disney Studios

MUMBAI: After the sudden departure of Walt Disney Studios chairman Richard (Dick) Cook, the company has now named Disney Channels Worldwide president Rich Ross as the new chairman of The Walt Disney Studios.

Ross will oversee worldwide production, distribution and marketing for the company’s range of live-action and feature animated film labels, including Walt Disney, Touchstone, Miramax and Disney/Pixar. In his new role, which he assumes immediately, he will also head Disney’s theatrical and music groups.

In his 13 years at Disney, Ross has consistently created hit original programming, effectively expanded a worldwide creative and distribution organization, skillfully built the Disney brand with global franchises that work across borders and technology platforms and put in place a strong management team.

Disney president and CEO Robert A. Iger said, "Rich has an outstanding record of creating high-quality family entertainment that delights audiences around the world. With his success in building the Disney brand across many of our businesses, his astute marketing sensibility, his proven ability in working effectively with talent and his skill at navigating complex global markets, I’m confident he’s the perfect leader for our studio group."

"I am very excited to play a key role in continuing the storytelling legacy of The Walt Disney Studios. There has never been a better time to entertain our global audiences with high- quality and compelling content and introduce new characters that will become family favorites. I look forward to working with Bob, the team at the studios and all of our Disney family towards that goal," said Ross.