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Bob Iger on Life After Disney: “I’m Not Retiring. I Can’t Possibly Do That”

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The executive also talked about the backstory behind the announcement of the surprising succession in an interview with Alan Fleasman of SiriusXM. What’s next for Bob Iger, executive chairman of the Walt Disney Company after leaving the company this year? He is not completely sure… but he has no intention of sitting.

“I’m not retiring. I can’t possibly do that,” Iger reported, adding that an interview has been set for April 6 at SiriusXM Business Radio’s Le adership Matters. “First of all, my wife is still working, my kids are out of the house. I’m not going to watch TV shows around the house. And so I’ll find it out, but I’m still not going to find it out on Disney And I’m not going to over-reduce so that I won’t have any freedom until I get out. … I need a little more rest time in my life. And I want more adventure, whatever it is. ”

In interviews, excerpts of which were shared with the Hollywood Reporter, Iger also described what was likely to surprise him as CEO of Disney a year ago, which elevated the head of the park, Bob Chapek, And led to the departure of the direct-to-consumer chief. Kevin Mayer.

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“I didn’t want to end my welcome. I really wanted to leave at a time that felt good, that I had accomplished so much, that I hadn’t hit the bumps with too much speed, or that suddenly my luck was over.” It Will happen or it will all be over. Those things. I wanted the time to be right, and 15 years felt enough, “ Iger said.

“And so the offer I made to the board – I know it felt suddenly because we kept it very quiet – but a few months before the announcement I made a proposal to the board that I stay until the end of my term, which was The end is ’21, but in a different role. “So I thought the best thing I could possibly do was be one for the company, make sure we succeed in succession, and that my successor is successful,” he said.

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“And then the second, leave the company and my successors with the largest possible hand in creative form. Films and television shows and theme park attractions and a pipeline of land and you-name-it will power the company for many years to come. ”

Iger, who says that he is thinking of writing another book after leaving the company (his first book, The Ride of a Lifetime, was released in 2019) also says that he is being led by the company’s brilliant leadership Exit is not expected. For 15 years, though he hopes to get something of an official farewell. “I think in these next few months, I’m slowly becoming less and less relevant,” he said, “those are the places I want to go, I hope I get here.

I hope COVID allows me to say goodbye to those who have been very important in my career and my Disney life. You mentioned Shanghai in the beginning: We celebrate its fifth anniversary this spring, and I intend to come back there and see it once as a non-citizen. “

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