Glendale, CA—November 22, 2011 — Disney Consumer Products (DCP) President Bob Chapek today announced Josh Silverman as executive vice president of Global Licensing for Disney and Marvel. Silverman is currently senior vice president of Global Strategy, Business Development and Brand Management for Marvel Entertainment.
In his new role, Silverman will ensure business maximization through collaboration with internal partners, licensees, and the newly combined retail organization throughout The Walt Disney Company. Internationally, he will work closely with regional licensing teams to leverage DCP’s scale and best practices.
“Since joining DCP ten weeks ago, my top priority has been leveraging the impressive talent in the Disney and Marvel consumer products teams into a single, integrated licensing business,” said Chapek. “As the outlines of that integrated organization emerge, it has become clear that Licensing like Disney Store and Disney Publishing needs a leader who is directly accountable for both long-term strategic planning and day-to-day operations. Josh’s trajectory at Marvel and business acumen makes him the ideal leader for this role.”
Silverman said, “I’m excited to have the opportunity to lead a dynamic team of licensing professionals and industry experts into continued growth while infusing further creativity, collaboration and efficiency across the company and at retail.”
Silverman began his career at Marvel Entertainment in 2001 as a corporate attorney in the Business and Legal Affairs group and by 2006 was vice president, Business Affairs, responsible for structuring strategic partnerships and licenses. In 2008, Silverman was promoted to senior vice president, Global Business Development and Licensing Operations, and again in 2010 to his most recent role, where he has been responsible for leading integration into Disney; working across Marvel divisions on global strategic and tactical matters; and corporate brand management. Currently based in New York City, Silverman will soon relocate to Southern California and will be based in DCP’s Glendale headquarters.
About Disney Consumer Products
Disney Consumer Products (DCP) is the business segment of The Walt Disney Company (NYSE:DIS) and its affiliates that extends the Disney brand to merchandise ranging from apparel, toys, home décor and books and magazines to foods and beverages, stationery, electronics and fine art. This is accomplished through DCP’s various lines of business which include: Disney Toys, Disney Fashion & Home and Disney Food, Health & Beauty. Other businesses involved in Disney’s consumer products sales are Disney Publishing Worldwide, the world’s largest publisher of children’s books and magazines, and www.DisneyStore.comand www.DisneyStore.co.uk, the company’s official shopping portals. The Disney Stores retail chain, which debuted in 1987, is owned and operated by Disney in North America, Europe, and Japan. For more information, please visit Disney Consumer Products or follow us atwww.YouTube.com/DisneyLiving, www.Facebook.com/DisneyLiving andwww.Twitter.com/DisneyLiving.