Disney Changes Earnings Release, Conference Call Times to Attend Dave Goldberg’s Funeral

Wife and Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg serves on the Walt Disney Co. board

Sheryl Sandberg and Dave Goldberg
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The Walt Disney Company has changed its second quarter 2015 earnings release and conference call times on Tuesday so that representatives can attend the funeral of Dave Goldberg. Goldberg’s wife and Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg sits on the company board.

“We are deeply saddened by the passing of David Goldberg, and our thoughts are with his wife, Disney Board member Sheryl Sandberg, and their family,” the Walt Disney Company said on Monday. “To allow us to attend the funeral, The Walt Disney Company (NYSE: DIS) has adjusted the time of our second quarter 2015 earnings release and conference call.”

The company will now release its earnings at roughly 8 a.m. ET on Tuesday, and has rescheduled its conference call to 9:30 a.m. ET. Disney (DIS) originally planned to release its earnings at the end of the U.S. stock market trading day, with a subsequent call to follow at 5 p.m. ET.

Goldberg, the CEO of SurveyMonkey, died unexpectedly on Friday while on vacation with his family. He was 47; the cause of death is still currently unknown, which has led to concern and speculation in the media.

Under Goldberg, the online survey company went from a business that employed 12 people to now employing 500. The company has approximately 25 million customers and creates 90 million surveys a month. According to the company’s website, 99 percent of all Fortune 500 companies use their online survey tools.

Goldberg joined SurveyMonkey in 2009 after serving as vice president and general manager of Yahoo Music. He joined Yahoo after the company bought one of his earliest business ventures, LAUNCH Media, in 2001. He graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Government.

Goldberg’s brother Robert confirmed the tragic news on Facebook, writing:

“It’s with incredible shock and sadness that I’m letting our friends and family know that my amazing brother, Dave Goldberg, beloved husband of Sheryl Sandberg, father of two wonderful children, and son of Paula Goldberg, passed away suddenly last night.”

“In this time of sorrow, we mourn his passing and remember what an amazing husband, father, brother, son and friend he was,” Robert also wrote. “No words can express the depth of loss we feel, but we want his children to learn how much he meant to all of you.”