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Disney Names Bates to Succeed Padden

Jan 26, 2010  •  Post A Comment

ABC parent The Walt Disney Co. has named Richard Bates to replace Preston Padden as its senior vice president of government relations, reports Multichannel News.

Bates, former executive director for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and a 19-year Disney veteran, will oversee corporate relations with trade groups including the NAB and NCTA, as well as federal and state activities.

Padden plans to exit the company at the end of the year.

— Allison J. Waldman

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