Shakeup announced in Walt Disney World leadership
Updated On: Jan 09 2013 07:00:34 PM EST
The CEO of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts on Wednesday announced leadership changes that include Meg Crofton no longer being the president of Walt Disney World.
According to Disney CEO Tom Staggs, Crofton will solely focus on her role as president of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Operations U.S. and France, a position she held since July 2011 in conjunction with also being Walt Disney World Resort president. Her transition will be complete on Feb. 1.
Crofton was promoted to Walt Disney World Resort president in 2008. She will relocate to California for her new post. It's not clear what that means for her role on the University of Central Florida Board of Trustees.
George A. Kalogridis has been named Crofton's successor as president of the Walt Disney World Resort, and Michael Colglazier has been named president of the Disneyland Resort. Both Kalogridis and Colglazier’s roles are also effective Feb. 1.
“With all that we currently have in flight across our resort destinations in the U.S. and France, the time is right to move forward with this leadership transition,” said Staggs. “This group of Disney veterans has the knowledge and expertise needed to continue delivering on our legacy of creating unforgettable experiences that our guests have come to know and expect. I would like to thank Meg for her tireless devotion and the extraordinary contributions serving in both positions, and wish George and Michael the best of luck in their new roles. They both bring a wealth of operational expertise, leadership and passion to these roles, which will contribute to the success of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts.”
Kalogridis was most recently the president of Disneyland Resort overseeing the transformation of Disney California Adventure. He has had more than 40 years experience
"I am excited to return to my roots and have the opportunity to lead our talented Walt Disney World Cast," Kalogridis said. "Throughout my tenure, Disney has given me amazing opportunities to prepare for this next chapter in my career. I look forward to again working with my Florida-based colleagues and re-connecting with Central Florida's community and business leaders."
For the last several years, Colglazier has served as head of Disney’s Animal Kingdom