Disney World exec retiring, sparking hotel and transportation shakeup

Orlando SentinelMarch 10, 2014 

ORLANDO -- A top Walt Disney World executive is retiring, prompting a shakeup in the giant resort's hotel and transportation divisions.

Kevin Myers, a 42-year Disney veteran who is currently the vice president in charge of the giant resort's hotel operations, will retire in December. A busboy in Adventureland when the Magic Kingdom opened in 1971, Myers has been directly involved in the opening of more than 10 hotels at Disney World and currently serves on the executive steering committee.

In a memo to employees, Disney World President George Kalogridis said Myers will lead a pair of projects before he formally retires: Coordinating overall operations during new contract negotiations with Disney World's Service Trades Council and making preparations for further international growth.

"We will benefit greatly from Kevin's expertise and focus on this important work. Kevin will report directly to me and remain on the WDW Steering Committee," Kalogridis said in the memo.

As part of Myers' departure, Disney World said it will merge responsibility for running its hotels with the job of running of its transportation systems, which include buses, boats and a monorail. Transportation oversight had previously been under the resort's operations and maintenance arm.

The new hotel-and-trans

portation post will go to Tom Wolber, whose title will become senior vice president for Walt Disney World resort operations and transportation operations.

Wolber, a 24-year Disney veteran, currently oversees Disney's sports businesses, including the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex and the runDisney marathon series, and the Downtown Disney retail complex. He was previously the number two executive at Disney Cruise Line.

As part of his new assignment, Disney said it will also give Wolber responsibility for its catering and event operations businesses. And Kalogridis said in his memo that Wolber will lead a further reorganization of Disney World's lodging operations "in the coming months."

Taking over the sports businesses and Downtown Disney will be Maribeth Bisienere, who will also assume oversight of Disney World's water parks and mini-golf operations. Bisienere has been with Disney's parks division for 18 years and is currently vice president of food and beverage and merchandise operations.

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