BURBANK, CA—A new Disney parks, experiences and products leadership team has been name at the Walt Disney Company. The team will be led by Josh D’Amaro, who has been named chairman, Disney Parks, Experiences and Products.
D’Amaro, who most recently served as president, Walt Disney World Resort, succeeds Bob Chapek as chairman, parks, experiences and products. In his new role, D’Amaro oversees Disney’s travel and leisure businesses, which include six theme park-resort destinations in the U.S., Europe and Asia; a cruise line; a vacation ownership program; and a guided family adventure business; and Disney’s global consumer products operations, which include a licensing business across toys, apparel, home goods, digital games and apps; the world’s largest children’s print publisher; Disney store locations around the world; and the shopDisney e-commerce platform.
Before being named president of Walt Disney World Resort in 2019, D’Amaro was president of the Disneyland Resort. He joined Disney in 1998 at the Disneyland Resort and held a number of leadership positions across the company. He served as SVP of commercial strategy for Walt Disney World Resort and also led the sites’ resorts & transportation operations. He served as VP of Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park as it underwent the largest expansion in its history.
In conjunction with D’Amaro being named chairman, the following appointments have been made to the Disney parks, experiences and products executive leadership team:
- Jeff Vahle, formerly President, Disney signature experiences, has been named president, Walt Disney World Resort.
- Ken Potrock, who had served as president, consumer products, becomes president, Disneyland Resort.
- Thomas Mazloum, who was SVP of resort and transportation operations at Walt Disney World Resort, becomes president, Disney signature experiences.
Vahle, is a 30-year cast member who most recently served as president, Disney Signature Experiences. In his new role, he leads America’s largest single-site workforce—and is responsible for all facets of business for the resort, including its four theme parks (Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, Epcot and Disney Hollywood Studios) two water parks, 28 resort hotels, four golf courses, ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, and the Disney Springs entertainment-shopping-dining complex.
Potrock, formerly president, consumer products and with nearly 25 years at the company takes the helm at the Disneyland Resort, as president, Disneyland Resort, overseeing two theme parks (Disneyland and Disney California Adventure), three resort hotels and a 20-acre entertainment, retail and shopping district. He succeeds Rebecca Campbell, who was named chairman, direct-to-consumer and international, for The Walt Disney Company. Previously he served as the SVP/general manager of Disney Vacation Club, the company’s vacation ownership program, as well as Adventures by Disney, the Company’s guided group travel business.
Mazloum, formerly SVP of resort and transportation operations at Walt Disney World Resort, becomes president, Disney Signature Experiences, which includes Disney Cruise Line, Disney Vacation Club and Adventures by Disney. A veteran of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, he previously oversaw 28 resort hotels as well as transportation operations that rival mid-sized American cities, at the Walt Disney World Resort. Mazloum began his Disney career in 1998 as a hotel director for Disney Cruise Line.