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Meet Disney’s Oily New Public Face

Goeff Morrell
Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call
Matthew Belloni
December 9, 2021

I didn’t see her at the Disneyland event, but outgoing communications chief Zenia Mucha was there, while other top execs (including both Bobs, Chapek and Iger), were supporting Steven Spielberg that night at the West Side Story L.A. premiere.

Geoff Morrell wasn’t at either event, but he was a hot topic of conversation. Chapek surprised a few insiders by selecting Morrell, a former spokesperson for the U.S. military under George W. Bush who has spent the past decade flacking for oil and gas giant BP, as Mucha’s replacement. Well, quasi-replacement; his job, “chief corporate officer,” is a new, larger role overseeing communications, public policy, lobbying, and social responsibility. Chapek and Morrell will still probably hire a traditional comms chief.