Bob Iger is an American business executive who has been the chairman and CEO of the Walt Disney Company since 2005. He has overseen the expansion of the Disney empire with the acquisitions of Pixar, Marvel, and Lucasfilm, as well as the launch of the streaming service Disney+.
Iger was born in Long Island, New York, in 1951. He attended Ithaca College and graduated with a degree in Television and Radio in 1973. After college, he began his career in media as a weatherman for a local television station in Ithaca. He then moved up the ranks to become the assistant to the programming director at the ABC network in 1974.
In 1985, Iger was appointed president of ABC Entertainment. He oversaw the development of several hit shows, including Roseanne and Who Wants to Be a Millionaire. In 1999, he was named president of ABC, Inc.
In 2000, Iger was appointed president of Walt Disney International and then became president of Walt Disney Company in 2002. He was appointed CEO in 2005 and chairman in 2012.
During his tenure, Iger has made a number of strategic investments and acquisitions. These include the purchase of Pixar Animation Studios, Marvel Entertainment, and Lucasfilm. He also oversaw the launch of Disney+, the company’s streaming service.
Iger has also been recognized for his leadership in corporate social responsibility. In 2014, he was named one of the world’s 50 greatest leaders by Fortune magazine. He is also a member of the board of directors for Apple, Inc.
Bob Iger is widely considered to be an effective and visionary leader. He has steered the Walt Disney Company through a period of unprecedented growth, transforming it into a global entertainment powerhouse.