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Presidential Distinguished Speaker Series: Bob Iger

April 01, 2024

To: The Caltech Community
From: Thomas F. Rosenbaum, Sonja and William Davidow Presidential Chair and Professor of Physics

It is my pleasure to invite you to the next event in the Presidential Distinguished Speaker Series, a fireside chat with Bob Iger, CEO of The Walt Disney Company. Bob will join me in conversation at The Athenaeum on Thursday, April 18 at 3 p.m. PT. This in-person event is free and open to Caltech students, postdocs, faculty, and staff members. Registration is required.

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About the speaker

A leader in creativity and innovation, Bob Iger returned to The Walt Disney Company in November 2022 after serving as chairman and CEO from 2005 to 2020, and then as executive chairman and chairman of the board through 2021.

Over his more than 15 years at the helm of Disney, Iger has stewarded one of the world's most respected and beloved brands. His strategic vision focuses on three fundamental pillars: generating the best creative content possible, fostering innovation and embracing the latest technology, and expanding into new markets across the globe. Building on Disney's rich history of unforgettable storytelling, Iger acquired Pixar (2006), Marvel (2009), Lucasfilm (2012), and 21st Century Fox (2019). He led the landmark opening of Disney's first theme park and resort in mainland China, Shanghai Disney Resort, as well as the release of a number of record-setting films, including Marvel's Avengers: Endgame, Disney's Frozen and Frozen 2, and Marvel's groundbreaking Black Panther.

Iger joined Disney's senior management team in 1996 as chairman of the Disney-owned ABC Group, and in 1999, was appointed President of Walt Disney International. In that role, Iger expanded and coordinated Disney's presence outside the United States, establishing the blueprint for the company's international growth today. From 2000 to 2005, he served as Disney's president and chief operating officer.

Among other honors, Iger is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, one of the nation's most prestigious honorary societies. He was inducted into the Television Academy Hall of Fame in January 2020, and the Broadcasting and Cable Hall of Fame in 2015. In September 2022, he was recognized by the late Queen Elizabeth as an Honorary Knight Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire for his services to UK-US relations.

Iger's New York Times best-selling book, The Ride of a Lifetime: Lessons Learned from 15 Years as the CEO of The Walt Disney Company, published in 2019. He is a graduate of Ithaca College.

Event Details

Date: Thursday, April 18
Time: 3:00 p.m. PT
Where: In person only at The Athenaeum

This event is open to Caltech students, postdocs, faculty, and staff members.

About the Series

Caltech's Presidential Distinguished Speaker Series brings to campus eminent speakers who discuss timely topics in science and engineering, culture, public policy, and American higher education. For more information, visit theĀ speaker series website.