ABOUT THE WALT DISNEY COMPANY
EUROPE, MIDDLE EAST, AND AFRICA

Our Mission

The Walt Disney Company has been at the forefront of family entertainment in Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) for over 80 years. It is focused on creating exceptional entertainment experiences for its fans to build local affinity and trust for the company, its brands and characters. We execute the global strategy of Creativity, Innovation & International growth and seek to deliver the best entertainment to our fans and consumers where, when and how they want it with local relevance. The Walt Disney Company EMEA operates businesses across 46 markets and has a physical presence in 24 countries employing more than 5,000 people (Disneyland Paris employs an additional 16,000 people); its channels reach children and families in 117 countries.

EMEA Leadership

A commitment to excellence, creativity and innovation. Our executive team’s vision and strategic direction deliver stories, characters and experiences that are welcomed into the hearts and homes of millions of families around the world.

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Rebecca S. Campbell

President, The Walt Disney Company EMEA

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Simon Amselem

Country Manager, The Walt Disney Company Spain & Portugal

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Simon Bailey

Chief Financial Officer, The Walt Disney Company EMEA

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Daniel Bamsey

Head of Technology, The Walt Disney Company EMEA

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Casper Bjørner

Country Manager,  The Walt Disney Company Nordics

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Jean-François Camilleri

Country Manager, The Walt Disney Company, France, Benelux & French Speaking Africa

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Tony Chambers

Head of Studio Sales and Distribution, The Walt Disney Company EMEA & Country Manager, UK & Ireland

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Chiara Cipriani

General Manager, Digital D2C (DisneyLife), The Walt Disney Company EMEA

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Roger Crotti

Country Manager & Head of Theatrical, The Walt Disney Company GSA (Germany, Switzerland, Austria)

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Hernán Estrada

Head of Corporate Strategy & Business Development, The Walt Disney Company EMEA

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Hélène Etzi

Head of Integrated Media Content & Platforms, Walt Disney International

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Daniel Frigo

Country Manager, The Walt Disney Company Italia

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Matthew Grossman

Head of Communications & Citizenship, EMEA & General Manager, Disney Healthy Living, The Walt Disney Company EMEA

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Sasha Haines

Chief Regional Counsel, The Walt Disney Company EMEA

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Lee Jury

Head of Studio Marketing, The Walt Disney Company EMEA

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François Masson

Head of Human Resources, The Walt Disney Company EMEA

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Chafic Najia

Country Manager, The Walt Disney Company Middle East

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Simon Philips

General Manager, Disney Consumer Products, The Walt Disney Company EMEA

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Christine Service

Country Manager, The Walt Disney Company Africa

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Ritch Sibthorpe

Managing Director, Music The Walt Disney Company, EMEA

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Fiona Thomas

Head of Live Entertainment, The Walt Disney Company EMEA

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Katarzyna Westermark

Country Manager, The Walt Disney Company Central & Eastern Europe

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Tricia Wilber

Chief Marketing Officer, The Walt Disney Company EMEA

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Movies

For over 90 years, The Walt Disney Studios has been the foundation on which The Walt Disney Company was built. Today, the Studio continues to bring quality movies to consumers throughout EMEA.

Live Entertainment

From long-running shows such as The Lion King, to new experiences such as Disney on Ice and Marvel Universe Live, our Live Events business strives to bring the most immersive, quality entertainment to consumers across the region.

Media

Our media networks division in EMEA comprises a vast array of broadcast, digital and direct-to-consumer businesses.

Parks and Resorts

Disneyland Paris is Europe’s leading tourist destination, with more than 320 million visits since its opening in 1992, and over 15,000 Cast Members working on site. Disneyland Paris is the number one private employer of its home region (Ile de France) and the number one single-site employer in France. Its activity generates 56,000 direct and indirect jobs in France.

Retail and Licensing

From toys and apparel, to music, apps and games, The Walt Disney Company EMEA brings our stories and characters to life through innovative and engaging physical products and digital experiences.


History of Disney EMEA

Try to think of a company that looks to its past more than The Walt Disney Company. From humble beginnings as a cartoon studio in the 1920s to its preeminent name in the entertainment industry today, Disney proudly continues its legacy of creating world-class stories and experiences for every member of the family.

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1932 Topolino History

1932

‘Topolino’ Magazine first published in Italy.

1934

'Mickey Magazine’ first published in France.

1948

First ‘Donald Duck’ magazine published in the Nordics.

1951

Mickey Mouse Magazine’ first published in Germany.

1952 Donald Duck Magazine History

1952

‘Donald Duck’ magazine first published in the Netherlands.

1961

Launch of L’Ami Public Numéro 1 a TV show hosted for 18 years in France.

1990

The first Disney Store in Europe opens in Regent Street, London.

1992

Disneyland Paris opened in 1992.

1995 Disney Channel History

1995

Disney Channel first launched in EMEA in October 1995 in the UK and Ireland.

1995 Beauty and the Beast History

1995

Disney’s first stage musical production in EMEA was Beauty and the Beastin Vienna in 1995.

1999

Disney’s The Lion King musical premieres in EMEA at the Lyceum Theatre, London in 1999.

2002 Walt Disney Studios History

2002

Walt Disney Studios theme park opens in France in 2002.

2003 Finding Nemo History

2003

Finding Nemo is the highest grossing ‘animated’ Disney film of all-time in EMEA with $324.5M. It is the industries 4th highest grossing animated film of all-time (behind Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs, Ice Age 4: Continental Drift and Minions).

2006

Disney∙Pixar’s Cars releases. It’s the first Disney film ever to be dubbed in Ukrainian.

2007

EMEA red carpet premiere of Disney Channel’s High School Musical 2 at London’s O2.

2008

Disney France creates Disneynature, an independent film unit of Walt Disney Studios that produces nature documentary films.

2010 ABC History

2010

Disney launches an ABC-branded video on demand entertainment service in the UK in 2010.

2010

Disney Middle East & North Africa office opens in Dubai.

2011 Disney Media Sales & Partnerships History

2011

Disneymedia+ (now Disney Media Sales and Partnerships) launches in Poland, the first of the EMEA countries in 2011.

2012

The Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy cruise ships were completed at the Meyer Werft Shipyard in Papenburg, Germany. Disney spent $1.7 billion on these ships with 23,000 people working on their construction.

2013 Minnie Mouse Love mag history

2013

Minnie Mouse on the cover of LOVE magazine, 2013.

2015 Star Wars History

2015

Star Wars: The Force Awakens is the highest grossing Disney film of all-time in EMEA with $618.6M. It is the industries 3rd highest grossing film of all-time (behind Avatar and Titanic).

DisneyLife history

2015

DisneyLife streaming platform for selected Disney films, songs and games was launched in the UK in 2015.

2016

First MediCinema opens in Italy, providing the full collection of Disney∙Pixar movies to bring joy and escapism to patients undergoing hospital treatment.

2016

The Lion King celebrates its 15th anniversary in Hamburg with over 11 million visitors since 2001.

2016

Marvel Zone at IMG’s Worlds of Adventure, the world’s largest indoor theme park, opens in Dubai in September 2016.

2017

Disney PRIDE UK&I marches in the Pride in London Parade, the first time ever Disney has participated outside of the US and consequently winning an award for Best New Group.

2018

Black Panther is the highest grossing theatrical release of all-time in East Africa, South Africa & West Africa.