According to the New York Times, Disney Interactive Co-President John Pleasants announced his resignation Monday, effective immediately.
Pleasants, who spoke with the Times by phone from a retreat at Walt Disney World, said the action was one of sensibility, but not one he took eagerly:
It was a collaborative decision to do what’s right for the business at a time when we have clear momentum. It’s complicated to have co-presidents. It doesn’t seem to make sense as a long-term strategy.
I will tell you that it’s a bit of a mixed thing for me. I would have also been happy to stay on. I would be misleading you if I said I wanted to leave.
Pleasants has worked with Disney since July 2010 and is expected to help with the corporate transition through January. Jimmy Pitaro, the other co-president, will assume full leadership of the division.
It can be a bit difficult to feel sorry for someone who’s calling you from Disney World, but it has to be bittersweet at the very least to leave a company just as it seems on the verge of big success.