Robert A. Iger became President and Chief Executive Officer of The Walt Disney Company in October 2005 after having served as President and Chief Operating Officer since January 2000.
As President and CEO, Mr. Iger is the steward of the world's largest media company and some of the most respected and beloved brands around the globe. His strategic vision for The Walt Disney Company focuses on three fundamental aspects: generating the best creative content possible; fostering innovation and utilizing the latest technology; and expanding into new markets around the world. Mr. Iger has built on Disney's rich history of unforgettable storytelling, with the acquisition of Pixar (2006) and Marvel (2009), two of the entertainment industry's greatest storytellers. Always one to embrace new technology, Mr. Iger has made Disney an industry leader at the forefront of offering its creative content across new and multiple platforms.
Disney's exceptional entertainment experiences, widely diverse content and unique skill in managing businesses in an integrated manner led to strong results in 2010. During its most recent fiscal year, Disney recorded 5% growth in revenues and a 24% increase in total shareholder return. During Mr. Iger's tenure, Disney has become the largest media company in the world, growing at a compounded annual growth rate of 8%. Disney's Market Cap is currently more than $70 billion.
Mr. Iger officially joined the Disney senior management team in 1996 as Chairman of the Disney-owned ABC Group and in 1999 was given the additional responsibility of President, Walt Disney International. In this role, Mr. Iger expanded and coordinated Disney's presence outside of the United States, establishing the blueprint for Disney's international growth today.
As Chairman of the ABC Group, Mr. Iger oversaw the broadcast television network and station group, cable television properties, radio and publishing businesses, and guided the complex merger between Capital Cities/ABC, Inc. and The Walt Disney Company. During Mr. Iger's years with ABC, he obtained hands-on experience in every aspect of the television business including news, sports and entertainment, as well as program acquisition, rights negotiations and business affairs. He began his career at ABC in 1974.
Since becoming Disney President and CEO, Mr. Iger has been named one of Fortune magazine's "25 Most Powerful People in Business" (2006, 2007); one of the "Top Gun CEOs" by Forbes magazine (2009); and one of the "Best CEOs" by Institutional Investor magazine (2008, 2009, 2010). During Mr. Iger's tenure as President and CEO, The Walt Disney Company has been recognized as one of "America's Most Admired Companies" by Fortune magazine (2009, 2010, 2011); one of the "World's Most Respected Companies" by Barron's (2009, 2010); and one of the "Best Places to Launch a Career" by BusinessWeek magazine (2006-2010).
Mr. Iger is a member of the board of directors for the National September 11 Memorial & Museum and Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Inc. Mr. Iger became a board member of the U.S.-China Business Council in June 2011. In June 2010, President Barack Obama appointed him to the President's Export Council, which advises the president on how to promote U.S. exports, jobs and growth. Mr. Iger is also a member of the Partnership for a New American Economy, a coalition of mayors and business leaders from across the United States that support comprehensive immigration reform.
Mr. Iger is a graduate of Ithaca College.