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Kalogridis Named President of Disneyland Resort

38-year Disney veteran most recently was COO at Disneyland Paris.

George Kalogridis has been named president of the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim. He replaces Ed Grier, who announced his retirement last week.

Kalogridis, a 38-year Disney veteran, most recently was chief operating officer for Disneyland Resort Paris, where he was responsible for leading the operations team and overseeing the resort’s 15th-anniversary celebration.

Kalogridis will report to Al Weiss, president of worldwide operations for Walt Disney Parks and Resorts.

"George is a proven strategic thinker whose operational expertise and strong leadership skills will serve him well in leading the Disneyland Resort," Weiss said in a statement.

Kalogridis was senior VP of resort operations for the Disneyland Resort from 2000-02, playing a significant role in the opening of Disney’s California Adventure park and Downtown Disney.

He also was vice president of travel operations at Walt Disney World in Orlando and VP of Walt Disney World’s EPCOT.

Kalogridis started his career with the company in 1971 as a busboy at the opening of the Contemporary Resort at Walt Disney World.