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Disney Interactive Co-President Resigns

Posted by Tim Latshaw

Other co-president will assume full control

Disney Interactive has seen its fortunes turning around as of late, thanks largely to the release of Disney Infinity, but that doesn’t mean the division still isn’t doing some restructuring.

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.

[via nytimes.com, nintendoeverything.com]

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DestinyMan

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DestinyMan said:

Well, here's hoping he finds another position soon. Disney Infinity seems to be doing well enough.

DestinyMan

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DestinyMan said:

I would laugh at that picture and caption if it wasn't for the true seriousness that surrounded that scene...

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