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SPARK OF THE CORPORATE

Disney has redefined what’s possible and raised the standard of excellence in entertainment…

He is the man behind the soaring revenue and buzzes around the Walt Disney, that one enterprise that has got all the major brands of the world coming together be it the ABC Inc, Pixar, Marvel, Lucasfilm of Apple Inc for that matter. With a view to get over the traditional myths of quality being achieved through maintaining status quo, this man was revolutionized the way world defines entertainment and story-telling today. That is Robert A Iger also known as Bob Iger for the world. He blessed with assertive & strong leadership qualities and analytical blend of mind. “Bob Iger is one of the most respected business leaders in the world. At Walt Disney, his leadership at pivotal moment in our industry’s evolution has taken the company to new heights and maintained its place at the forefront of entertainment. Over the course of 8 years of stewardship, he has been a model of dedication and foresight, bringing companies together to create new platforms for storytelling and cultivating creative excellence, innovation and continued growth. It is only fitting that we thank Bob for his contributions to our industry by recognizing him with the Producers Guild’s highest honor.”- as stated by PGA Awards Co-Chairs Lori McCreary and Michael De Luca.

Early Days and Education

Robert A Iger also known as Bob Iger was born on February 10, 1951 to a Jewish Family in Long Island New-York. Mr. Robert Iger was born to a small Jewish family residing at Long Island, New York. He belong to a family of discipline and education since his father was a World War II veteran who had also served in the executive and managerial positions at Greenvale Marketing Corporation as well as a professor of advertising and public relations. His mother worked at a Junior High School in New York. His mother was also believed to be working at Boardman Junior High School in New York. Right from the nascent age of 10, Iger was clear in his career goals of working with television. Though his initial inclination was to work as television news correspondent, his first career stint was as a television weatherman for a local station. He finished his undergraduate studies from Ithaca College, as graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Television & Radio.

Starting off as a television weatherman for a local television channel, in the year 1974 he took his first shot at ranks by joining American Broadcasting Company as a studio supervisor. Two years later he moved to ABC Sports, where for the next 12 years he continued to hold executive and managerial positions. Rising from the position of Vice President in 1985 to President in 1993-1994 for the ABC Network Television Group, he finally made it as the Chief Operating Officer of Capital Cities/ ABC. Thereafter in 1996, the Walt Disney Company bought ABC and renamed it as ABC Inc. in which Rober Iger held the presidential designation till 1999.

The Spark

Starting off as a mere television weatherman who could have thought 40 years back that the same man would configure the world of television and story-telling. Robert Igers, the new Yorker who began his career at a local television station with his oozing insights on leadership took the world with surprise by bringing about the hub of brands under one umbrella. As Chairman and CEO of Walt Disney, Mr. Iger is the steward of the world's leading media company and some of the most esteemed and favorite brands across the globe. Always the one to embrace new technology, he has accomplished Disney an industry leader at the front position of offering its ingenious content across new and multiple platforms. The biggest of his accomplishments began with the acquisition of Pixar and Marvel and with the dynamics played around shareholding pattern; he has proved himself not only as a sharp entrepreneur but also as a smart businessman.

His Journey with Walt Disney

Iger started off his journey with Walt Disney with the acquisition of ABC by the former in the year 1999 in effect of which he was appointed as the president of Walt Disney International along with being the chairman of the ABC Group. Thereafter in January 2000 he became the President and Chief Operating Officer for the Walt Disney Company and further in October 2005 was escalated to the designation of President and CEO of the Walt Disney Company. Iger’s strategic vision for the Walt Disney brand always focused on three fundamental aspects namely generating the best creative content possible; fostering innovation and utilizing the latest technology; and expanding into new markets around the world. Further the visionary as he was, he realized that the toughest competition that Disney could face in the market of animation was not from the regular players but from insurgents and thereby Iger built the richest storytelling experience for Disney by the Acquisition of Pixar in 2006, Marvel in 2009 and Lucasfilm in 2012.

Though Iger in his career with Disney has promoted only to the benefits of the brand, the same was not a smooth graph. Infact Iger’s appointment as the CEO caused Roy Disney to initiate the ‘Save Disney’ Campaign and even file a lawsuit related to Iger being named Eisner's successor, however both of them finally made peace by Disney entering into a contract to act as a consultant to the Company.

Surviving the initial hiccups of 2009, the year 2010 saw a rise $13.5 million bonus earned by Iger. In the recent figures, Disney has recorded a 5% growth in revenues and a 24% increase in the total shareholder return. It is during his tenure that Disney has become the largest media company in the world, growing at a compounded annual growth rate of 8% with a market Cap is currently more than $70 billion.

Family

Mr. Iger is believed to have been married twice, first time to Kathleen Susan Iger, where the marriage ended in a divorce with two children namely Kathleen and Amanda and second time to a Roman Catholic journalist named Willow Bay, and was further blessed with two children named Max and William.

Professional Affiliations
Apple Inc.
ABC Holding Company, Inc.
ABC, INC.
American Film Institute
Disney Consumer Products, Inc.
ESPN Holding Company, Inc.
Infoseek Corporation
Ithaca College
Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Inc.
MarketWatch, Inc.
National September 11 Memorial & Museum at the World Trade Center Foundation, Inc.
The Motion Picture and Television Fund
The Walt Disney Studios
The Walt Disney Company
Awards and Accolades
For the year 2006-2007, Mr. Iger has been featured in "25 Most Powerful People in Business" by Fortune Magazine
In the Year 2009, Forbes featured him as the one of the "Top Gun CEOs
For three consecutive years namely 2008, 2009 and 2010, the Institutional Investor Magazine featured Mr. Iger as one of the ‘Best CEOs
The Walt Disney Company under the successful guidance of Mr. Iger has been recognized by the Business Week Magazine as the “Best place to launch a career”, by Barron’s as the “World’s Most Respected Companies” and by Fortune Magazine as as one of "America's Most Admired Companies
In June 2010 he was appointed by President Barrack Obama to the President’s Export Council and in June 2011, he became a board member of the U.S.-China Business Council. He is also a member of Partnership for a New American Economy that supports immigration reforms
He will also be honored on January 19, 2014 at the 25th Annual Producers Guild Awards ceremony with the 2014 Milestone Award

Quotes

  For 90 years, Disney has redefined what’s possible and raised the standard of excellence in entertainment. We continue to strive to live up to that legacy, and it’s very rewarding to see our efforts recognized in such a meaningful way by the Producers Guild of America
  I am constantly inspired by the creativity and innovation at Disney, as thousands of people around the world work together to tell great stories in spectacular new ways
  It is truly an honor to be entrusted with the responsibility of guiding this great company that occupies such an important place in the hearts and minds of millions the world over toward a very bright future
  I felt I had a great opportunity to get the company believing in itself again and in doing so, have others believe in us
  If you’re too adherent to tradition, you tend to be less innovative
  The riskiest thing you may do is maintain status quo
  Creation, Creativity, everything is a risk, it’s not science
  

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