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Bob Iger, Chairman and CEO, The Walt Disney Company, Is Named "2014

CEO of the Year" by Chief Executive Magazine

GREENWICH, Conn., July 14, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Chief Executive

magazine today announced that Bob Iger, CEO of The Walt Disney

Company, has been named "2014 CEO of the Year," an honor bestowed upon

an outstanding corporate leader, nominated and selected by a group of

CEO peers. This is the 29th year the award has been given, with past

honorees including Bill Gates, former CEO of Microsoft, Jack Welch,

former CEO of GE and Michael Dell, founder, chairman and CEO of Dell


"Even iconic brands need fixing from time to time," says JP Donlon,

Editor in Chief of Chief Executive magazine. "But instead of the easy

fixes, Bob Iger played the long game by addressing Disney's cultural

issues head-on with a three-pronged strategy, making it a stronger,

more profitable company with greater depth in its overall brand. For

this reason, he is well-deserving of this year's CEO of the Year


Just the sixth CEO in the company's history, Iger, who took over the

helm in October 2005, transformed the organization into a

profit-making powerhouse. He acquired Pixar Animation Studios from

Steve Jobs in 2006 and Marvel Entertainment in 2009. In 2012, Iger

negotiated a deal for Lucasfilm, which gave Disney the rights to the

Star Wars brand. During Iger's tenure, Walt Disney's 2013 shareholder

return was 202 percent. In February of this year, the stock price hit

an all-time closing high of $79.23, compared to just $23.81 when Iger

first took over as CEO.

Nominations for CEO of the Year were garnered from among the readers

of Chief Executive magazine. The 10 most frequently cited nominations

were evaluated and a winner voted upon at a meeting of a peer

Selection Committee, which took place earlier this year in New York


The 2014 CEO of the Year Selection Committee was comprised of: David

Cote, Chairman and CEO, Honeywell, and 2013 Chief Executive of the

Year; Dan Glaser, President and CEO, Marsh & McLennan; Fred Hassan,

chairman, Zx Pharma and partner/managing director, Healthcare at

Warburg Pincus; Tamara Lundgren, President and CEO, Schnitzer Steel

Industries; Tom Quinlan, President and CEO, RR Donnelley; Christine

Jacobs, former chairman and CEO, Theragenics, and director, McKesson;

Bob Nardelli, CEO, XLR-8, Bill Nuti, Chairman and CEO, NCR' Jeff

Sonnenfeld, President and CEO, Chief Executive Leadership Institute,

Yale School of Management; Mark Weinberger, Chairman and CEO, EY;

Maggie Wilderotter, Chairman and CEO, Frontier Communications; and Tom

Saporito, Chairman and CEO, RHR International.

"Bob is a visionary and innovator who consistently delivers terrific

performance across a diverse portfolio of businesses," Dan Glaser


"He's been a disruptive innovator in taking the entertainment industry

to another level using new media and new technology," added Tom

Quinlan. "He took a great brand and made it better, which isn't easy

to do."

Iger's 2014 CEO of the Year designation will be celebrated at an

invitation-only event hosted by NYSE Euronext and the Chief Executive

Group at the New York Stock Exchange in July.

For the full interview of Bob Iger by JP Donlon, click here.

About Chief Executive   Chief Executive Group produces Chief Executive

magazine (published since 1977), and, including

e-newsletters and online content, as well as conferences and

roundtables that enable top corporate officers to discuss key subjects

and share their experiences within a community of peers. The Group

also facilitates the annual "CEO of the Year," a prestigious honor

bestowed upon an outstanding corporate leader, nominated and selected

by a group of peers. Visit for more


Contact: J.P. Donlon Editor in Chief Chief Executive magazine

203-930-2704  Email

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