Can Anyone Replace Bob Iger? The Fraught Reality of Disney’s Succession Plan

Three powerful executives have the inside track but some doubt that Iger will exit anytime soon

Bob Iger has presided over what has simultaneously been one of the most tumultuous shifts and fruitful periods in the history of the Walt Disney Co. As he embarks on a momentous endeavor to again reinvent the company through the launch of Disney+, the question looming over the company isn’t only whether Disney will be successful but who is poised to inherit the keys to the Magic Kingdom once Iger is gone.

Three top Disney executives stand most likely to succeed Iger when he steps down, according to a dozen industry experts who spoke to TheWrap in recent weeks: Disney’s direct-to-consumer and international chairman Kevin Mayer, Disney TV chairman and media networks co-chair Peter Rice — who came over in the Fox deal — and Bob Chapek, chairman of Disney parks, experiences and products.

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Trey Williams

Trey Williams

Film Reporter covering the biz • trey.williams@thewrap.com • Twitter: @trey3williams

Sharon Waxman

Sharon Waxman

Sharon Waxman, is the founder, CEO and Editor in Chief of TheWrap. She is an award-winning journalist and best-selling author, and was a Hollywood correspondent for The New York Times.