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Disney Reorganizes Interactive Division

Jimmy Pitaro named president of consolidated operations for games and media 11/11/2013 03:02:35 PM Eastern

The Walt Disney Company has announced a major reorganization 
of Disney Interactive that will consolidate its Games and Media operating 
groups and named Jimmy Pitaro as president.

John Pleasants, who had been co-president of Disney 
Interactive along with Pitaro, will leave the company. He will work closely with
 Pitaro during transition and will serve as a strategic consultant.

The two had been named co-presidents in 2010, with Pitaro in
 charge of media and Pleasants heading up the games operations.

"Following three years of consistent operating improvement
 at Disney Interactive and a great partnership between John and Jimmy, we are 
now in a position to fulfill our original objective to consolidate our 
Interactive business under one Los Angeles-based leader," said Robert A. Iger,
chairman and CEO of The Walt Disney Company in a statement. "With Jimmy and
 John's input, we have created an Interactive organization that is best 
structured to meet the demands of the fast-moving technology industry."

In announcing Pleasants departure, Iger also noted that "I
 thank John for his many contributions to Disney Interactive including building
 tentpole products like Disney Infinity and establishing the company as a
 leading mobile games publisher and appreciate his passion for bringing Disney 
experiences to guests on new platforms."

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