The Walt Disney Company is reorganizing its video games and media groups under the auspices of Disney Interactive, according to a GII report. The company will merge the two group together and current co-president Jimmy Pitaro will take charge of the division. Co-President John Pleasants will be leaving his current post, but he will reportedly work closely with Pitaro "to ensure a smooth transition and serve as a strategic consultant to the business."
"Following three years of consistent operating improvement at Disney Interactive and a great partnership between John and Jimmy, we are now in a position to fulfill our original objective to consolidate our Interactive business under one Los Angeles-based leader," said Robert A. Iger, Chairman and CEO, The Walt Disney Company. "With Jimmy and John's input, we have created an Interactive organization that is best structured to meet the demands of the fast-moving technology industry. I thank John for his many contributions to Disney Interactive including building tentpole products like Disney Infinity and establishing the company as a leading mobile games publisher and appreciate his passion for bringing Disney experiences to Guests on new platforms."
"John has been critical in helping Disney Interactive build a great foundation off of which we will continue to deliver quality interactive games, mobile and web experiences that entertain and engage our Guests," said Pitaro. "I thank John for his partnership and look forward to working with him on the transition."
"I am extremely proud of the work our teams have done to create leading interactive games and experiences for our guests," added Pleasants. "Through quality and innovation, the business is generating tangible results and momentum, and I am confident that consolidating our collective efforts at this time will lead to even greater acceleration."