August 17, 2006 – Meg Crofton Named President of Walt Disney World
“The combination of Meg’s leadership experience, in-depth knowledge of the company’s operations, and her incredible passion for our Cast Members and the Guest experience make her the right leader of the Walt Disney World Resort.” – Al Weiss, President of Worldwide Operations for Walt Disney Parks and Resorts
On August 17, 2006, Meg Gilbert Crofton, a 27-year-veteran of the Walt Disney Company, was named to the key position of President of Walt Disney World. Crofton had held previous executive leadership positions in Sales, Operations, and Human Resources, holding the role of Executive Vice President of Human Resources for Walt Disney Parks and Resorts before this promotion. Crofton began her career with Disney in 1977, working at Vista-United Telecommunications. She left the company briefly to work for AT&T, but returned to Vista-United in 1981 to serve as the Operations Manager; three years later, she was named the General Manager of the Disney Inn. Among her many roles within the company, Crofton was the task force leader for hotel openings of ten of the resorts within Walt Disney World, and led the task force for the opening of Disneyland Resort Paris. Crofton was the fourth person to run the park as President, and the first woman named to the position.