The Walt Disney Co. plans to call Geoff Morrell to the newly created function of chief company affairs officer, The Hollywood Reporter has realized. Whereas he has been given a broader portfolio, his obligations will embody succeeding prime communications officer Zenia Mucha, who will retire from the corporate on the finish of the yr.
Morrell, presently government vp communications advocacy for BP, will tackle a restructured and considerably expanded place, overseeing communications, authorities relations, public coverage, philanthropy and environmental points.
Morrell, presently government vp communications advocacy for BP, will tackle a restructured and considerably expanded place main PR for Disney. His official title will likely be chief company affairs officer, overseeing communications, authorities relations, public coverage, philanthropy and environmental points.
Earlier than becoming a member of the multinational oil and gasoline firm, Morrell labored for each the Bush and Obama administrations as deputy assistant secretary of protection for public affairs on the Pentagon, the place he finally served because the chief spokesperson for Protection Secretary Bob Gates. (Morrell was one in every of solely two Bush administration appointees who was requested to stay with the Obama administration, Gates wrote in his 2015 memoir, Obligation.)
Earlier than changing into a company government, Morrell was a journalist, the place he served as White Home correspondent for Disney’s ABC Information between 2004 and 2007 earlier than leaving to hitch the Pentagon. He joined BP in 2011, and rose to guide its London-based exterior affairs group in 2017.
Disney CEO Bob Chapek is alleged to see him as being able to handle Disney’s many various stakeholders, from shoppers to expertise, coverage makers and past.