Press "Enter" to skip to content

Disney’s top communications executive is out after less than four months.

Disney parted ways with its most senior communications and government relations executive on Friday after a tumultuous two-month period in which Disney became a political punching bag, particularly for Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida.

Geoff Morrell, who joined Disney in January as chief corporate affairs officer, will leave his job immediately, the company said.

Mr. Morrell had been outspoken about a need to “modernize” Disney’s approach to communications, even though his predecessor, Zenia Mucha, ran what was widely considered a best-in-class operation. Most of his time at Disney, however, was taken up by a P.R. nightmare that started in early March when Disney declined to take a public stand on Florida school legislation that, among other things, restricts classroom discussion of sexual orientation and gender identity. The company is the state’s largest private employer.

With Disney employees in open revolt over the company’s public silence, Bob Chapek, Disney’s chief executive, then aggressively denounced the bill — only to find himself in the cross hairs of Fox News hosts and Mr. DeSantis.

Be First to Comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.