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US firm Walt Disney names Amy Chang & Calvin McDonald as new directors

Published: 2021-06-01

Leading American entertainment company, Walt Disney, has announced that the company’s board of directors have elected two new directors, Amy Chang, veteran technology executive, and Calvin McDonald, chief executive officer of global athletic apparel company Lululemon Athletica. The elections of Chang and McDonald are effective immediately.

Chang serves on the board of directors of Procter & Gamble and Marqeta, and as an advisor to more than a dozen companies including Cisco, HubSpot and various private companies. From 2018-2020, Chang served as executive vice president and general manager of Cisco’s Collaboration business, leading its videoconferencing, cloud calling, contact centre, video device, and phones businesses. She joined Cisco through the acquisition of the company she founded,
Accompany, an artificial intelligence/machine learning-based relationship intelligence platform serving Fortune 500 companies. Prior to Accompany, where she served as chief executive officer, Chang was global head of product, Google Ads Measurement, where she led the teams for Google Analytics, Website Optimizer, Trends and multichannel attribution. She has held additional positions with eBay, McKinsey, Intel, AMD and Motorola, and previously served on the boards of Cisco, Splunk and Informatica, according to a press release by Walt Disney.

McDonald joined Lululemon in August 2018 as chief executive officer and is a member of its board of directors. Under his leadership, Lululemon, with more than 500 company-operated stores in 17 countries, has delivered significant growth, accelerated its sustainability initiatives, and considerably expanded its international business. Previously, McDonald served as president and CEO of Sephora Americas, a division of the LVMH group of luxury brands, from 2013 to 2018. McDonald was president and CEO of Sears Canada from 2011-2013, and spent 17 years at Loblaw Companies Limited, the largest retailer in Canada, where he was born and raised. From 2016-2020, he served on the board of directors of Cole Haan, Walt Disney said.

“Chang and McDonald are highly-respected leaders with a deep understanding of the nexus between technology and the consumer experience, and we are excited to have them join the Disney board. Chang brings vast expertise in the tech industry, where her developments in machine learning and artificial intelligence have enabled companies to improve collaboration and gain deeper consumer insights. And McDonald has a wealth of experience in scaling brand-name retailers like Lululemon through innovation, finding new ways to connect with consumers across digital channels, in stores and at home,” Robert A. Iger, executive chairman and chairman of the board said in a statement.

“It is such an honour to become part of the Disney journey. With all the momentum and innovation within the company across every part of the consumer experience, I can’t wait to watch this next generation of stories and experiences come to life,” Chang said.

“I am excited to join the board of directors of Disney, an amazing organisation that continually sets the standard worldwide for innovation, creativity, and bringing people together. I look forward to supporting CEO, Bob Chapek, and the management team with insights and learnings gained from our experience at Lululemon in creating enduring relationships with our guests,” McDonald said.