George Kalogridis has been announced as the new President of the Disneyland Resort.
Kalogridis is 55 and has been with Disney for 38 years. He replaces 54-year-old Ed Grier, who has retired.
Kalogridis most recently served as Chief Operating Officer of Disneyland Paris.
He was a senior VP at Disneyland in Anaheim during the time Disney's California Adventure was in development and had its less-than-succesful opening, so I can't help wondering whether he signed off on the non-Disney, off-the-shelf concepts which are now being redone.
California Adventure is currently in the midst of a billion-dollar remodel and expansion.
Given what has transpired at the Disneyland Resort over the Columbus Day weekend, the first item on George's agenda should be parking!
Update: The new Disneyland President has given the Register an exclusive interview. He pledges to be in the parks frequently and be very visible, which will be a nice change of pace from his predecessor. I think it's extremely important that the people running the parks see firsthand what's working -- and what's not -- in order to run them with the guest experience foremost in mind.