As chairman, Walt Disney International, Mr. Bird is responsible for Disney's businesses outside of the United States.
Reporting to Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger, Mr. Bird and his
global team develop and implement strategies to increase Disney
brand affinity and awareness in key international markets,
introduce new customers and guests to Disney's unique storytelling
legacy and iconic characters, and invest in and maximize
opportunities in emerging markets.
Since joining The Walt Disney Company in 2004, Mr. Bird has
greatly expanded Disney presence around the world. During his
tenure, Disney has: acquired UTV, one of India's premier media and
entertainment companies reaching almost 250 million consumers
through film, television and interactive media; launched
free-to-air Disney Channels in Russia, Turkey and Spain; launched
Dlife, Japan's first foreign-owned and free-to-air channel
targeting women and families; increased local production,
particularly for television content; and reorganized and integrated
Disney's international structure and leadership ranks.
Prior to joining Disney, Mr. Bird spent nearly a decade with
Time Warner, joining in 1994 as senior vice president and general
manager of Turner Entertainment Networks Limited. Mr. Bird began
his career with Piccadilly Radio in Manchester, England, as
breakfast show producer. A native of the United Kingdom, Mr. Bird
is a Commander of the British Empire.