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Walt Disney appoints Uday Shankar as president of Asia Pacific unit

Diego Lerner, who currently serves as president, Walt Disney Latin America, will maintain oversight of that region

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Uday Shankar
Uday Shankar

The Company on Thursday announced the appointment of as president of its Asia Pacific unit.

The appointment is part of Disney's integration planning for its acquisition of and strategic alignment of its consolidated international business units.

Shankar, who currently serves as president, 21st Century Fox, Asia, and chairman and CEO of Star India, will become chairman, Star and Disney India, and president, The Company Asia Pacific, it said in a statement.

Rebecca Campbell, who currently serves as president, The Company EMEA, will maintain oversight of this region as well as Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS).

Diego Lerner, who currently serves as president, The Walt Disney Company Latin America, will maintain oversight of that region, the statement added.

"The structure will allow for more efficient management of the company's portfolio of assets and the optimisation of resources applied in support of the company's strategic priorities," it said.

Chairman of The Walt Disney Company's Direct-to-Consumer & International segment Kevin Mayer said that restructuring of the company's business units outside US will result in a stronger and more agile organisation

"Once the acquisition is complete, all three regions will be led by exceptional, highly experienced executives who will combine the 'best of the best' talent from both organizations," he added.

Campbell, Lerner and Shankar will report to Mayer.

In December 2017, The Walt Disney Company had announced a definitive agreement to acquire for USD 52.4 billion in stock.

Walt Disney, together with its subsidiaries, has operations in four business segments -- media networks, studio entertainment, parks, experiences and consumer products; and direct-to-consumer and international.

Disney had annual revenues of USD 59.4 billion in fiscal year 2018.

First Published: Thu, December 13 2018. 22:35 IST