Chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Tom Staggs has announced that effective February 1, 2013 Michael Colglazier will take on the role of president of the Disneyland Resort, and current resort president George Kalogridis will become president of Walt Disney World Resort in Florida.
Said OCBC President and CEO Lucy Dunn of Kalogridis, “He was personable, thoughtful and a phenomenal steward in investing $1 billion dollars … to the Disney resort, which ultimately made Disney the largest employer. That is an astounding track record of success in a very short period of time.”
Colglazer’s Disney career spans more than two decades across a variety of areas of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, including Operations, Global Development, Disney Photo Imaging, Operations Strategy and Technology and Strategic Planning. For the last several years, Colglazier has served as head of Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park, where he has been instrumental in the planning and development of an Avatar-themed land. Previously he oversaw the creation of Disney’s PhotoPass program and re-energized Innoventions at both Disneyland and Epcot through strategic partnerships.
George Kalogridis is no stranger to Florida, as he graduated from the University of Central Florida and began his four-decade career with Walt Disney Parks and Resorts in 1971 as a busboy.
“It has been a true privilege to serve as president of the Disneyland Resort and to lead the team that successfully opened one of the largest expansions in the resort’s history,” said Kalogridis. “I’m incredibly proud of all that we’ve accomplished during my tenure and know Michael and the Disneyland team will continue to build on the resort’s success and legacy for years to come.” For more information contact Matt Petteruto, Vice President of Economic Development.