Walt Disney's Board of Directors Extends Robert Iger's Contract as Chairman/CEO Through June 2018

PHOTO: Robert A. Iger, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Walt Disney Company.Bob D'Amico/Disney
Robert A. Iger, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Walt Disney Company.

The Walt Disney Company's Board of Directors today announced that it has extended Robert Iger’s contract as Chairman and CEO through June 30, 2018.

Iger, 63, will have the opportunity to earn a performance-based retention bonus if certain financial performance goals are met over a five-year period ending with the 2018 fiscal year.

"I’ve had the privilege of being the CEO of this great company for nine years and am thrilled to have the opportunity to continue through June 2018,” Iger said. “I’m very excited about what lies ahead, including the release of our ‘Star Wars’ films and the launch of Shanghai Disneyland, and I’m honored to continue working with our talented management team and the 175,000 dedicated people who make this company what it is today.”

Iger's contract extension maintains the same annual compensation terms as his existing contract.

“Bob Iger is the architect of Disney’s current success, with a proven history of delivering record financial results for the company quarter after quarter and year after year,” Orin C. Smith, Independent Lead Director of the Disney Board, said in a statement. “Under his tenure, Disney has reached unprecedented creative and financial heights, driving the stock price to record levels and creating extraordinary value for shareholders. He has transformed Disney’s culture and empowered its businesses to effectively capitalize on evolving markets and new technologies, making Disney a company that doesn’t merely embrace change, but leads it."

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