Disney has announced a major management shake-up in its theme park division, with the President of the Disneyland Resort set to take over the same role at Walt Disney World.
George Kologridis, who has overseen a major expansion of Disney California Adventure during his time at the Disneyland Resort, will take over the lead role at Walt Disney World. He will replace Meg Crofton, who will now focus on her role as head of Walt Disney Parks and Operations for the US and France. Meanwhile, the current Vice President of Disney's Animal Kingdom, Michael Colglazier, will be promoted to President of the Disneyland Resort.
Describing the changes, the Chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, Tom Staggs, said: "With all that we currently have in flight across our resort destinations in the U.S. and France, the time is right to move forward with this leadership transition. This group of Disney veterans has the knowledge and expertise needed to continue delivering on our legacy of creating unforgettable experiences that our guests have come to know and expect."
"I would like to thank Meg for her tireless devotion and the extraordinary contributions serving in both positions, and wish George and Michael the best of luck in their new roles. They both bring a wealth of operational expertise, leadership and passion to these roles, which will contribute to the success of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts."
The goal of the changes is purportedly to provide those involved with a broader experience of Disney's theme park business. Both Kalogridis and Colgrazier are Disney veterans, and are likely to be seen as safe pairs of hands to control the large-scale Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts.
A number of other roles have also been switched, with the former general manager of Disney Vacation Club Claire Bilby taking over as Senior Vice President for Sales and Marketing and Disneyland Paris. Her old role will be taken over by Ken Potrock, who has held a variety of previous roles within Disney.