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Disney Names Christine McCarthy as Chief Financial Officer, Kevin Mayer as Chief Strategy Officer

McCarthy takes over position vacated by Jay Rasulo, who steps down this month

Christine McCarthy has been named senior executive vice president and chief financial officer of The Walt Disney Company, while Kevin Mayer has been named senior executive vice president and chief strategy officer effective immediately, the company announced Tuesday.

As CFO, McCarthy will now oversee investor relations, corporate planning and control, tax, corporate treasury, corporate real estate, facilities, integrated supply chain management and corporate citizenship. She succeeds Jay Rasulo as CFO.

In McCarthy’s most recent role as executive vice president of corporate real estate, alliances and treasurer, she developed a finance team responsible for treasury, corporate finance, capital markets, financial risk, international treasury and investments, credit, and risk management. She will report directly to Disney chairman and CEO Robert Iger.

Prior to joining Disney, McCarthy was the executive vice president and chief financial officer of Imperial Bancorp from 1997 to 2000. She held various finance and planning positions at First Interstate Bancorp from 1981 to 1996, and was elected executive vice president in finance for First Interstate in 1993. McCarthy completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Biological Sciences at Smith College, where she received an award for excellence in botany, and later earned an MBA in Marketing and Finance from the Anderson School at UCLA.

Mayer has served as executive vice president of corporate strategy and business development since 2005. In his new role as chief strategy officer he will oversee corporate strategy, business development, acquisitions, enterprise information technology, innovation, brand and franchise management, and global corporate alliances.

Mayer first joined Disney in 1993 as manager of strategic planning, where he spearheaded strategy and business development for all of Disney’s interactive/internet and television businesses worldwide. Later, he became executive vice president of the internet group, responsible for the operations, business plans, creative direction and distribution of Disney’s popular Web sites, including ESPN.com and ABCNews.com.

Mayer received his M.B.A. from Harvard University in 1990, and holds a M.S.E.E. from San Diego State University and a B.S.M.E. from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.