International Chairman Andy Bird to Exit Disney

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The exec joined Disney 14 years and helped it expand in Russia, China, India and other parts of the world.

International chairman Andy Bird will leave the Walt Disney Co. as part of a restructuring unveiled last week, though he'll stay on through a transition period before exiting, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.

Bird joined Disney 14 years ago after a stint with Time Warner as president of TBS International, and he helped the company expand in Russia, China, India and other parts of the world.

Last week, however, CEO Bob Iger unveiled a reorganization that changes the conglomerate's segments, including the creation of one that includes direct-to-consumer and international, which will be run by Kevin Mayer.

The other segments are: parks, experiences and consumer products, headed by Bob Chapek; studio entertainment, still run by Alan Horn; and media networks, still run by Ben Sherwood and James Pitaro.

Disney will also be inheriting a plethora of executive talent — many, in fact, with lots of international experience — when it closes its purchase of much of the assets of 21st Century Fox, including Star India and its stake in European satellite TV giant Sky.

“We are strategically positioning our businesses for the future, creating a more effective, global framework to serve consumers worldwide, increase growth and maximize shareholder value," Iger said last week.

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