George Kalogridis is the new president of Florida's Walt Disney World Resort
posted on 2013-01-09
Look who’s going to Walt Disney World! George Kalogridis, the president of California's Disneyland, will become the president of the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida on February 1.
The promotion, which was announced on January 9, offers Kalogridis an opportunity to broaden his knowledge of Disney’s sprawling vacation empire.
According to the Orlando Sentinel, the move instantly elevates Kalogridis, 59, a former hotel bus boy at Disney World, into one of the most influential corporate executives in Florida, atop a sprawling resort with four theme parks, two dozen hotels and time shares and more than 66,000 employees.
Experience and expansion
Kalogridis brings with him more than 40 years of experience at Disney parks in a number of positions around the world. Most recently as president of the Disneyland Resort, he oversaw one of the most extensive expansion projects in the resort’s history – including the immensely successful transformation of Disney California Adventure-- a multi-billion dollar project unparalleled in the company's history.
In an interview published on D23, the website of the official Disney Fan Club, Kalogridis said: “In our company, it helps me never forget what was important to me when I had my first role and what I expected to hear from the person who was leading the organization”.
When he took over the Disney’s California resort in 2009, Kalogridis, who is the grandson of Greek immigrants from the sponge-fishing island of Kalymnos, tried to spend as much time out of the office and in the parks as possible.
He said he can’t help looking at the small stuff because it’s what he has been doing since he started working at Disney in 1971.
Kalogridis, who currently lives in Newport Beach, California with his partner Andy Hardy, is excited to relocate to his native Florida to assume his new responsibilities at Walt Disney World, where he got his first job 40 years ago-- as a bus boy