Bob Iger’s plans for retirement have been dashed again as the former Disney CEO is actively helping the company during the coronavirus pandemic.
Bob Iger saw Disney through what one could argue is its most prosperous period. After becoming CEO in 2005, he helped construct the deals that saw Disney’s acquisition of Pixar, Marvel, Lucasfilm, and 20th Century Fox as well as the launch of the company’s new streaming service, Disney+. As early as 2013, however, Bob Iger had been attempting to step down as the CEO of Disney and stop being the public face of the company. However, those dreams have been dashed once again because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Bob Iger officially stepped down as CEO of Disney back in February and was replaced by Bob Chapek. Iger had originally planned to remain with the company as Executive Chairman until his contract ran out at the end of 2021. Now, however, because of the coronavirus, Bob Iger has once again had to take a more active role in the running of the company.
While speaking to the New York Times, Bob Iger mentioned how big the coronavirus crisis was, its impact on Disney and how he had to actively help the company contend with it:
“A crisis of this magnitude, and its impact on Disney, would necessarily result in my actively helping Bob [Chapek] and the company contend with it, particularly since I ran the company for 15 years!”
What do you all make of Bob Iger’s response? Are you surprised that he is having to take a more active role in running the company once again? What did you think of his tenure as CEO? Let us know what you think in the comments below!
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Source: New York Times