Disney executive and longtime industry leader George Aguel is stepping down from his role of managing Disney’s global meetings-and-events business. Aguel, a past chairman of MPI, has been given a new assignment for The Walt Disney Company, expanding his role overseeing the Global Corporate Alliances and Operating Participants organizations.
Aguel originally assumed leadership of the Corporate Alliances team in 2010, adding to a portfolio of responsibilities that included Disney’s Resort/Park Sales and Services teams, the Disney Institute and the Disney Event Group.
In his expanded role, Aguel continues to lead Corporate Alliances, the team that forges strategic partnerships with a broad range of corporations in support of all of Disney business units, including film studios and media networks, theme parks and resorts, consumer products, and interactive media. He also remains responsible for the Operating Participants group, which develops and manages relationships with third-party companies that operate businesses at Disney theme park locations worldwide.
Anne Hamilton, vice president, Resort Sales and Services, will continue to lead the Resort Sales and Services organizations supporting the Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts and Disney’s Aulani Resort in Hawaii. Hamilton will report to Rick Continelli, who assumes the role of senior vice president, Resort/Park Sales and Services. It was unclear at presstime whether anyone would take over Aguel’s duties on the group side or whether the market is meant to be addressed within the new structure.