Walt Disney Co (DIS) Hires Diane Jurgens As CIO

By Amit Chowdhry ● September 25, 2020
  • Walt Disney Co (NYSE: DIS) has hired Diane Jurgens as its new chief information officer

Walt Disney Co (NYSE: DIS) has hired Diane Jurgens as its new chief information officer, according to Variety. Jurgens previously worked as the chief technology officer and chief information officer at BHP, Managing Director of Shanghai OnStar & SGM Connected Car Deputy General Director at SAIC General Motors, and VP & CIO of International Operations (Asia Pacific, Europe, Middle East, Africa, South America) at General Motors.

Jurgens is going to start working at Disney on October 5 and she will report to Disney Senior Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer Christine McCarthy. For this role, Jurgens is succeeding Susan O’Day — who retired from Disney back in January.

As the CIO, Jurgens will oversee Disney’s Enterprise Technology operations, which includes enterprise business systems, infrastructure, and resilience engineering. And Jurgens will also focus on planning, prioritization, and operations of the IT systems at Disney.

Jurgens has an M.S. and B.S. in electrical engineering from the University of Washington and an MBA from Seattle University.

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“Diane is a proven global technology leader with strategic vision, and her talents will be a great asset to the company as our businesses and industry continue to evolve. Her breadth of experience in driving technology and innovation on a worldwide scale make Diane the right choice for this role, and I am very excited to welcome her to my team.”
— Disney CFO Christine McCarthy

“I am incredibly grateful to Christine for the opportunity to be part of an amazing organization, and I look forward to working with the talented Disney team and leveraging my experience to contribute to the innovation and creativity that the company is known for around the globe.”
— Diane Jurgens

Photo Credit: Diane Jurgens via LinkedIn

Disclosure: I own a small number of Disney shares in my portfolio.