Founded in 1923, Walt Disney is a very successful entertainment and media company with global business. The parent company and its subsidiaries are divided into five main departments: studio entertainment, parks and resorts, media networks, consumer goods and interaction. The company operates several major cable networks, including Disney Channel, ABC Home and ESPN. Parks and resorts manage major Disney theme parks, Disney World in Florida and Disneyland in California, as well as international Disney theme parks. The studio entertainment department produces Disney movies, including reality shows and animations. As of August 7, 2018, the company had a market value of more than $174 billion. They are the top individual shareholders of Walt Disney.
Robert A. Eagle
In 2006, Disney chairman and CEO Robert "Bob" Eagle took charge of the company. He has made several major acquisitions for Disney, including Pixar in 2006, Marvel in 2009, ucasfilm in 2012 and Fox in the 21st Century in 2017. Before becoming CEO, Eagle served as chief operating officer at Disney from 2000 to 2005. He was appointed president and CEO in 2005 and chairman in 2006. Although Eagle initially planned to resign in 2019, he will remain in office until 2021 to help integrate Fox's new assets.
Eagle first joined Disney's executive team in 1996 as head of its subsidiary ABC Group. He was named one of the 25 most powerful businessmen by Fortune magazine. Disney operates well under the guidance of Igel. By 2016, the company had achieved record net income and earnings per share (EPS) for six consecutive years.
There are rumors that Eagle is considering a presidential campaign in 2020, but with Disney's contract extended to 2021, Eagle's potential political future may be delayed for several years.
In March 2018, Disney shareholders voted against acceptance of Eagle's pay plan. Although this will not have immediate effect, it sends a signal to the board that shareholders are not satisfied with the report and that if Fox's acquisition ends, Eagle's total compensation could soar to more than $100 million.
Robert Eagle is Disney's largest individual shareholder, holding nearly 1.2 million shares as of January 8, 2018.
Christine McCarthy was appointed Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Walt Disney in 2015. She is responsible for Disney's global finance and oversees corporate financial planning, investor relations, tax planning, supply chain management and corporate real estate. McCarthy also directed Disney's efforts in corporate citizenship.
Before assuming his current position, McCarthy served as executive vice president and financial director of the company's real estate. Before joining Disney in 2000, McCarthy worked at Imperial Bank and the first Interstate Bank. As of January 2018, McCarthy had 13,1252 shares in Disney, becoming the second largest individual shareholder.
Alan Braverman, senior executive vice president, general counsel and Secretary of Disney, owns Disney's third largest stock. According to a July 2018 filing by the Securities and Exchange Commission, he holds 107213 shares directly and 11753 shares indirectly through 401 (k). Breverman held his current position at Disney in 2003. He serves as general counsel and directs all lawyers in the company around the world. Before joining Disney, Breverman served as chief consultant to ABC before Disney acquired it. Before that, he was a partner of the famous Washington, D.C. law firm, Wilmer, Cattler and Pickering.
Alwyn B. Lewis, former CEO and President of Big Belly Sandwich, has been a director of Disney since 2004. Lewis started his career after graduating from college and was a temporary manager. After graduation, he became general manager of KFC. Since then, Lewis has played different executive roles in many industries, ranking first among Yum brands between 2000 and 2004, when he was appointed CEO of Kmart, which was later acquired by Sears. After the acquisition, Lewis was appointed president of Sears.
Lewis is a director of Marriott International, World Business Chicago and more small companies. In May 2017, Lewis announced that he would be laid off by the end of August 2017. As of July 2018, in a document submitted by the Securities and Exchange Commission, Lewis held 84932 shares of Disney and became the fourth largest individual shareholder.
Robert W. Mattsura
Robert W. Matschulla, the longest serving member of Disney's board of directors (since 2002), has retired, having previously served as chairman and chief financial officer of Seagram, which collapsed when he retired from the company. Matschulla also serves on Clorox's board of directors. As of January 2018, Matschulla was Disney's fifth largest individual shareholder, holding 30542 shares.