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When Disney Decided to Dump Its CEO, Change Happened Fast (2)

Nov. 22, 2022, 2:32 PM

Bob Iger was adamant that he was done.

On the evening of Nov. 5, the former chief executive officer of Walt Disney Co. dined alongside Hollywood royalty at a gala hosted by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. His retirement stubble was on show at the black-tie affair, and when asked between courses of beef tortellini and steamed cod whether he missed being CEO of the world’s largest entertainment company, Iger answered emphatically: “No.”

Bob Iger, right, and his wife Willow Bay at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art on Nov. 5.
Photographer: Kevin Winter/Getty Images

Elsewhere in the Disney empire, however, loyalists were missing him. Within days, Iger, 71, would be back at the helm of the company he ...