Disney CEO Bob Iger Says He Will ‘Definitely’ Step Down in 2026

Disney CEO Bob Iger provided an update on his future plans as the head of the company in an interview during the New York Times Dealbook Conference. The interview spanned multiple topics, but Iger specifically spoke about what he plans to do when his current contract expires in 2026.

Iger, 72, said that he will “definitely” step down as CEO of The Walt Disney Company in 2026. Iger originally retired as CEO in 2020, but then returned to lead Disney in 2022. His plan was to stay for two years, ending in 2024, but that was extended two more years to 2026.

Iger still has the tough task of finding the new leader of The Walt Disney Company. Disney’s board is apparently conducting a “robust” search for the new CEO, but there’s been minimal talk or speculation about who that candidate might be. Currently, Disney doesn’t have a strong list of internal candidates, making many believe it’ll be an external choice.

In addition to the ongoing CEO hunt, Iger also has the difficult task of righting the ship for Disney across its many divisions. Many changes have been implemented already in terms of budgeting and staffing, but time will tell if those changes were successful.

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