The Chief of Corporate Affairs at Disney, Geoff Morrell, who only took the job 3 months ago, has resigned from the position following weeks of controversy surrounding the company’s response to Florida’s controversial so-called “Don’t Say Gay” law.
“After three months in this new role, it has become clear to me that for a number of reasons it is not the right fit,” Morrell said in a letter to his team at Disney. “After talking this over with [Disney CEO] Bob [Chapek], I have decided to leave the company to pursue other opportunities.”
Morrell left energy and fuel giant BP to take the job at Disney, but his brief tenure has been ridden with drama and controversy as Disney has attempted to respond to the battle of public opinion that resulted from the company’s response to the Parental Rights in Education Bill, signed by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis in March this year.
According to people who worked with Morrell, he aimed to be more transparent in Disney’s public messaging, and to that effect he pushed the corporation to speak out on the Don’t Say Gay Bill.
Chapek disagreed, writing, “Corporate statements do very little to change outcomes or minds,” Chapek wrote. “Instead, they are often weaponized by one side or the other to further divide and inflame.”
Until further notice, Morrell’s duties will be taken over by Krisitina Schake, who was named new Disney Executive Vice President of Global Communication earlier this month, according to a note from Chapek to Disney staff. Schake will have “oversight for corporate and segment communications and continue to be our chief spokesperson,” said the note, obtained by CNBC.
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