Former Disney Execs in the News

No, not anyone who has been CEO of The Gap, Inc. or interviews people on basic cable.

Related Companies named Kenneth P. Wong as Vice Chairman, and Colony Capital announced that Richard D. Nanula joined the firm as a Principal, reporting to the Chairman and CEO.

More after the jump, if you are interested.

As President of Westfield America, Inc., Mr. Wong was responsible for all operations, development, leasing, marketing and management of the Westfield portfolio of 58 shopping centers in the United States.

Before joining Westfield in 2003, Wong was – guess where?  With Relative Companies.

Prior to joining Related, Mr. Wong spent nearly a decade as a senior executive at The Walt Disney Company where he held a number of key executive positions including President of the Disney Development Company and President of Walt Disney Imagineering.

In the old days, WDI developed everything inside the parks, while the DDC developed everything outside of the parks at the resorts.  In May 1996, DDC merged with WDI.

To date, Related has real estate assets worth over $15 billion. Related’s current pipeline is comprised of marquee projects across the nation including: Grand Avenue, a multi-phase 3.6 million square foot, $3 billion development spanning three city blocks in downtown Los Angeles, California; the $3 billion, 80-acre Snowmass Village Resort development in Colorado; the 144 acre CityNorth mixed-use development in Phoenix, Arizona; and the development of the 7.5 million square foot Moynihan Station complex in New York City.

The Grand Avenue project is part of a make-over for downtown Los Angeles that began with the Walt Disney Concert Hall and Staples Center.

Mr. Nanula, 47, most recently served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Amgen, Inc. During his six-year tenure as a member of the company’s executive committee, he was responsible for finance, corporate strategy, mergers & acquisitions, and internal and external relations. Under Nanula’s oversight, Amgen made a number of significant acquisitions and raised substantial capital.

From 1986 to 1998, Mr. Nanula held a variety of increasingly senior executive positions at the Walt Disney Company, culminating in the role of Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. He also served as President of Disney Stores Worldwide, among other roles.

Prior to joining Amgen, he served as President and Chief Operating Officer for Starwood Hotels and Resorts in New York.

Starwood, by the way, is where former Disneyland Resort President Matt Ouimet went.  Small world, no?

Founded in 1991 by Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Thomas J. Barrack Jr., Colony Capital is a private, international investment firm focusing primarily on real estate-related assets, securities and operating companies. The firm has invested approximately $36 billion in over 8,500 assets through various corporate, portfolio and complex property transactions. Colony has a staff of more than 160 and is headquartered in Los Angeles, with offices in New York, Boston, Hawaii, London, Madrid, Paris, Rome, Beirut, Hong Kong, Seoul, Beijing, Taipei, and Tokyo.

In case you’re interested, Peter S. Rummell, who was President of the Disney Development Company and then Walt Disney Imagineering Chairman until 1996, is still with St. Joe Company, Florida’s largest private landowner.  Judson C. Green, who was Chairman of what is now Walt Disney Attractions (forerunner to “Parks & Resorts”) and left in April 2000, is still CEO at Navteq (which is becoming part of Nokia) and a director at Harley-Davidson and DreamWorks Animation.  There were rumors that Green had left Disney over friction with Michael Eisner.  Kind of like someone else at DreamWorks Animation.