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Iger associate to step down at Walt Disney Company

Iger associate to step down at Walt Disney Company
credit: Variety

A long-time Iger confidante will step down at the end of the year alongside him. Read on for details.

Horn’s Career Under Iger

Alan Horn, Official Headshot from the Walt Disney Company webpage

A close associate of former Walt Disney Company CEO Bob Iger will step down at the end of the year.

Alan Horn, who currently serves as the Chief Creative Officer for Disney Studios, has announced his plans to retire on December 31, 2021.

In Bob Iger’s autobiography, he stated that Alan Horn was his best hire. Horn picked up the role during a tumultuous and unsuccessful time for Disney studios. Recent releases prior to Horn taking over the role included John Carter, Mars needs Moms and the Lone Ranger.

Remember this film? Nope, me neither. Pic from IMDB

Horn oversaw the successful integrations of Lucasfilm and 21st Century Fox as well as the expansion into content creation for Disney+.

Since 2019, Horn has served alongside Alan Bergman, Chairman, Disney Studios and content.

Alan Bergman official headshot from Walt Disney Company Webpage

Horn’s tenure at Disney Studios ranged from 2012- now, meaning he has been at the helm for the release of your kid’s favorite films from Star Wars, Marvel, Pixar, and Disney.

Check out Horn’s impressive biography here on the Walt Disney Company website.

Photo of Variety Cover from Harvard Business School

Chapek Statement

Credit: D23

“It has truly been a privilege to work with Alan over the years. He’s led an exceptionally talented Studio team that is the best in the industry, creating some of the most beloved and iconic films of our time, and he will forever be a cherished member of our Disney family.”

Disney CEO Bob Chapek

Plans to Replace Horn

Disney Reveals Top Executive Pay for 2020
Credit: The Walt Disney Company

Currently, Disney has not announced a plan to replace Horn. Alan Bergman will continue to head Disney Studios according to Variety.

Bergman thanked Horn as his mentor and expressed pride at what they had accomplished together. He joined the company in 1996 and is reportedly well-liked among colleagues.

Do you think there will be more changes at the executive level as Iger prepares to depart? Let us know in the comments below and on Facebook.

-Rebecca W Davis


  1. Rebecca, I’m interested to hear your opinion on all these new things Disney is implementing (Genie+, Lightning Lane, the new DAS stuff etc) once you have an opportunity to review it in person.

  2. There is something wrong with Cheapek making comments of behalf of the Disney Family. While it is certainly clear he is the CEO, it just does not seem like he is a part of the family, based on recent decisions that favor profit over long term Disney family (guest) ties — at least from my take being a DVC member (part of the Disney Family) for over 20 years.

    If Cheapek was in my family, I would be worried he would sell my sister (as part of a Genie + promotion).

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