Walt Disney Co on Tuesday named Carolina Lightcap president of Disney Channels Worldwide, replacing Rich Ross, who left to head up the company’s movie studio in October.
Ross is credited with turning the Disney Channel into a powerhouse of “tween” programing aimed at 7 to 12-year-old kids. He took over Disney’s film studio after the abrupt departures of Disney Studios Chairman Dick Cook in September and of Miramax Films President Daniel Battsek last month.
Lightcap joined Disney in 2000 and most recently served in the dual roles of senior vice president of programing and creative affairs for Disney Channels Latin America, and chief marketing officer for Walt Disney Co’s Latin American unit.
Disney also named Gary Marsh to the new post of chief creative officer in addition to his current title of president of entertainment for Disney Channels Worldwide. He reports to Lightcap.
Earlier this month, Disney also said that two top executives, Chief Financial Officer Tom Staggs and Chariman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Jay Rasulo, will swap jobs.
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