Disney's Cheung expands role


CANNES -- Stanley Cheung, the Walt Disney Co.'s top man in China, will expand his duties to cover Hong Kong and Taiwan, taking the title of executive vp and managing director of the Walt Disney Co. Greater China.

Shanghai-based Cheung -- a Hong Kong native -- was appointed Disney's first China country manager two years ago, reporting to Walt Disney International president Andy Bird.

"International expansion and growth of the Disney brand in emerging markets is a key priority for the company," Bird said in a statement released late Monday in Hong Kong, adding that the new Greater China structure headed by Cheung, "will enhance integration and leverage operations across our lines of business to maximize business opportunities in China, Hong Kong and Taiwan."

Previously, Doug Miller oversaw Disney's operations in Hong Kong and Taiwan. When Miller left last September, Cheung took oversight of Hong Kong and now will expand his duties to cover Taiwan.

Cheung's new role is part of Disney's push to accelerate growth in emerging markets by giving full operational responsibility to five managing directors covering Greater China, India, Russia, South Korea and Latin America, a company spokesperson in Hong Kong said.

One of Cheung's achievements in China is his oversight of the Shanghai opening of the Disney musical "The Lion King."

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