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Yudkovitz, Mayer to Lead Disney Strategic Team

Jun 30, 2005  •  Post A Comment

The Walt Disney Co. said Thursday it has hired two executives, including former TiVo President Martin Yudkovitz, to head up the media giant’s new corporate strategy, business development and technology group.

Kevin Mayer, a former Disney executive, was named executive VP of the new group, reporting to Disney Chief Financial Officer Tom Staggs. Mr. Yudkovitz was named senior VP and will report to Mr. Mayer.

Both Mr. Mayer and Mr. Yudkovitz head up a significantly streamlined corporate strategy group that is tasked with evaluating and leading the execution of potential acquisitions, as well as opportunities to mine new and emerging businesses, new technologies and business models.

The appointments of Mr. Mayer and Mr. Yudkovitz come nearly three months after Disney’s larger strategic planning division was disbanded, with various parts folded into other Disney divisions.

Mr. Mayer has served as a partner of LEK Consulting, where he headed up the global media and entertainment practice. Before that he was chairman and CEO of Clear Channel Interactive, and was president and CEO of Playboy.com. Mr. Mayer also served as executive VP of the Walt Disney Internet Group.

Mr. Yudkovitz was president of TiVo until February, and before that spent 20 years at NBC in various business development roles before becoming an executive VP and head of business development and president of NBC Digital Media.