Former Disney chief Bob Chapek ousted after CFO labored behind his again, report says

Former Disney chief govt Bob Chapek was reportedly ousted following actions by the corporate’s chief monetary officer, who believed he was “incompetent.” 

In a brand new report, The Wall Avenue Journal mentioned that, after a boardroom conflict with Chief Monetary Officer Christine McCarthy, a struggle with Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and the lack of billions of {dollars} in Disney’s streaming division, the chief misplaced the assist of followers, executives and the corporate’s board alike.

In keeping with the publication, former Disney chairman and CEO Bob Iger “undermined his successor,” and it was “properly established” that he was “sad with Chapek,” the report mentioned, including that he advised confidantes that Chapek was “doing a horrible job and that he was incompetent.” 

Whereas Iger had departed Disney final yr after over a decade there, the paper mentioned {that a} Nov. 16 cellphone name from McCarthy, who was “fed up with Mr. Chapek’s efficiency and management,” proved instrumental in placing Iger again on prime. 


Two days later, in response to The Wall Avenue Journal, Board Chair Susan Arnold supplied him the job.

Bob Chapek

Bob Chapek attends the 94th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood and Highland on March 27, 2022, in Hollywood, California.  (David Livingston/Getty Pictures / Getty Pictures)

“This account of how Mr. Iger succeeded his successor is predicated on firsthand accounts of present and former Disney executives, in addition to individuals near the corporate who’re accustomed to the occasions, actions and conversations resulting in Mr. Chapek’s ouster,” it mentioned. 

Reporting from The New York Instances detailed the cellphone name from Arnold to Iger, citing three individuals with information of the matter, and the Monetary Instances mentioned in November that McCarthy had approached the board to complain about Chapek’s management.

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In June, the board renewed Chapek’s contract by way of 2024 in a unanimous vote, however on the finish of September The Wall Avenue Journal’s report mentioned that McCarthy advised administrators that Disney would possible “miss analyst expectations for income and revenue within the coming quarter” and Chapek purportedly complained to colleagues that McCarthy had given numbers that weren’t beforehand mentioned,” leaving her out of an October board assembly.

On Nov. 11, he had issued a memo freezing new hires.

Christine McCarthy

Christine McCarthy, senior govt vp and chief monetary officer of The Walt Disney Co., listens through the Milken Institute International Convention in Beverly Hills, California, April 29, 2019.  (Kyle Grillot/Bloomberg by way of Getty Pictures / Getty Pictures)


After two years on the job, throughout probably the most difficult durations in firm historical past, the report mentioned that Chapek was out on Nov. 20 that and Iger – who had chosen Chapek as his successor – was again in.

“The Board has concluded that as Disney embarks on an more and more advanced interval of trade transformation, Bob Iger is uniquely located to guide the Firm by way of this pivotal interval,” board Chair Susan Arnold mentioned in a press release.

“We thank Bob Chapek for his service to Disney over his lengthy profession, together with navigating the corporate by way of the unprecedented challenges of the pandemic,” she mentioned.

Bob Iger

Robert Iger on Nov. 18, 2021, in Los Angeles. (Wealthy Fury/Getty Pictures / Getty Pictures)

“It’s with an unbelievable sense of gratitude and humility – and, I need to admit, a little bit of amazement – that I write to you this night with the information that I’m returning to The Walt Disney Firm as Chief Govt Officer,” Iger wrote in an e-mail to staff.

He would earn a base wage of $1 million, returning for 2 years. 

“Disney and its incomparable manufacturers and franchises maintain a particular place within the hearts of so many individuals across the globe – most particularly within the hearts of our staff, whose dedication to this firm and its mission is an inspiration,” the reinstated CEO mentioned in a press release launch by the corporate. “I’m deeply honored to be requested to once more lead this outstanding crew, with a transparent mission centered on artistic excellence to encourage generations by way of unmatched, daring storytelling.”


Iger signaled that the corporate would start to implement organizational and operational modifications. 

“It’s my intention to restructure issues in a approach that honors and respects creativity as the center and soul of who we’re,” he later advised staff.

FOX Enterprise’ request for remark from Disney was not instantly returned as of the time of publication.

FOX Enterprise’ Eric Revell, Peter Aitken and The Related Press contributed to this report.

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