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People moves: Disney appoints new EMEA president

Shifting from his Latin American remit to overseeing EMEA, Diego Lerner is taking the post of president at The Walt Disney Company for Europe, Middle East and Africa.
March 4, 2009

Shifting from his Latin American remit to overseeing EMEA, Diego Lerner is taking the post of president at The Walt Disney Company for Europe, Middle East and Africa.

Reporting to Walt Disney International chairman Andy Bird, the London-based Lerner will have all lines of business reporting to him, excluding Disneyland Resort Paris and ESPN. Though he’ll remain president of the Latin American activities, Claudio Chiaromonte will assume all day-to-day responsibilities for the territory as COO and CFO, with Latin American businesses reporting directly to Chiaromonte, who will report to Bird.

Under Lerner’s leadership, LatAm was the first territory to conceive and successfully apply the integration of all the Mouse House’s divisions. He expanded existing operations, created new businesses, such as establishing Disney’s Pay TV businesses in the region. He also oversaw the launch of Disney Channel in (2000), Jetix (2004), and Playhouse Disney (2008) in Spanish and Portuguese, and was responsible for the launch of the first Radio Disney in Spanish (2001), currently airing in nine LatAm countries.

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