Paul Candland Named President of The Walt Disney Company Asia

The Walt Disney Company recently announced that Paul Candland was named to the newly created position of president, The Walt Disney Company Asia.

In this position, Candland will have oversight of Japan, Korea, Southeast Asia, and Greater China and will be responsible for driving the company's strategy and business efforts in Asia. Candland, a 16-year Disney veteran, was president of Walt Disney Japan.

Stanley Cheung, the managing director of TWDC Greater China was promoted to the chairman of TWDC Greater China. He will report to Andy Bird, chairman Walt Disney International. Candland is also reporting to Bird.

Luke Kang, senior vice president TWDC Greater China has moved into the role of managing director TWDC Greater China and will have direct oversight of Disney's business in Greater China with the exception of Shanghai Disney Resort and Hong Kong Disneyland. Those two locations report to Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Chairman Tom Staggs.

"Asia is a region of incredible growth and great promise for Disney, and these management changes are designed to ensure we maximize our opportunities there today and in the future," said Robert A. Iger, chairman and chief executive of The Walt Disney Company. "This new structure will bring greater focus and the ability to share best practices across businesses and countries as we grow strategically in Asian markets."

Candland joined Disney in 1998 as representative and general manager of Disney Store Japan. In 2002 he was named the managing director of Walt Disney Television International (Japan) and launched Disney Channel and Toon Disney in Japan. He was named president of TWDC Japan in 2007.


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