Disney Promotes Luke Kang to Head of Asia-Pacific, Excluding India

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The company veteran, who previously oversaw all of the studio's China business, will report to Rebecca Campbell, Disney's chair of international operations and direct-to-consumer.

The Walt Disney Co. said Thursday that studio veteran Luke Kang has been promoted to the role of president of Asia-Pacific (APAC). The entertainment giant said a separate executive would be appointed as its head of India in the new year.

The two positions have been set up to replace Uday Shankar, president of Disney Asia-Pacific and chairman of Star and Disney India, who announced his exit in October. Both of the new roles will report to Rebecca Campbell, Disney's chair of international operations and direct-to-consumer.

Most recently, Kang served as Disney's executive vice president and managing director for Greater China, Japan and Korea, overseeing all of Disney's businesses in East Asia. From 2014-2017, he held the role of executive vp & managing director of Greater China, based in Shanghai.

"Mr. Kang led the team through significant organizational and strategic change to achieve consistent record growth across all business segments," Disney said, pointing out that between 2016 and 2018, Disney was the number one studio at the Chinese box office.

Said Campbell: "With his deep understanding of our businesses in Asia Pacific, Luke is ideally suited to lead our efforts in the region. He has played a critical role in transforming our business in Asia optimizing operations, developing successful new revenue streams, and rapidly moving to roll out Disney+. I'm confident that he and our extended team will deliver even more value as we continue to manage and grow Disney's direct-to-consumer and media businesses in the region."

In his new role, Kang will drive Disney's strategy in Australia/New Zealand, Greater China, Japan, Korea and Southeast Asia. He will oversee Disney's media networks, direct-to-consumer offerings including Disney+, media distribution and motion picture businesses, as well as other operations across APAC, excluding Disney theme parks.

"I'm grateful for the confidence Rebecca has placed in me," Kang added. "I look forward to driving the company's business in Asia Pacific as we continue to evolve rapidly in order to engage our consumers across multiple touchpoints. It is an honor to build upon the legacy that Disney has established in some of the most exciting markets in the world and lead these amazing teams."

Prior to joining Disney, Kang held various management roles with Viacom/MTV Networks in Asia Pacific, Monitor Group in Asia, as well as startups in both Silicon Valley and overseas.