Thursday, 9 July 2009

Carry a Tune

Looking at the rest of the windows from yesterday's post, we have two very important and well-known names in Disney and corporate history. First, let us have a look at the window:

Top Brass
Band Instruments

Philippe Bourguignon

Steve Burke

Lessons and Fine Tuning
"And the Band Plays On"

Philippe Bourguignon was a very important name in the beginnings of Euro Disney. He joined the Walt Disney Company in 1990, first working in California and later moving to Paris. He became the Chairman and CEO of Euro Disney S.A, which is the parent company of Disneyland Paris. He also became the Executive Vice President of the Walt Disney Company (Europe) S.A., which included overseeing all of the Company's dealings and activities in Europe. He stayed with the company until 1997.

Steve Burke also played an important role in the Walt Disney Company, receiving tutoring from the legendary Frank Wells during the Eisner/Wells period. He joined the Company in 1986, and in 1992 he became the President and Chief Operating Officer of Euro Disney S.A. A quote from Burke which I thought very appropriate, reads, "I would rather be COO working for someone I respect in an industry I love than be CEO someplace else", speaking of his time working for the Walt Disney Company.

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