Disney studio chief Dick Cook resigns
After nearly four decades with the company, Cook announced Friday that he was stepping down immediately.
In a statement, Cook said, "I have been contemplating this for some time now and feel it's the right time for me to move on to new adventures and in the words of one of my baseball heroes,
Cook, 59, joined Disney in 1971 and moved up the ranks, becoming president of Buena
"I have loved every minute of my 38 years that I have worked at Disney, from the beginning as a ride operator on Disneyland's steam train and monorail to my position as chairman of The
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Bob Iger, president and chief executive officer of The Walt Disney Co., praised Cook's work for the studio. "Throughout his distinguished 38-year Disney career, Dick Cook's outstanding creative instincts and incomparable showmanship have truly enriched this company and significantly impacted Disney's great legacy," Iger said. "We thank Dick for his tremendous passion for Disney, and his many accomplishments and contributions to The Walt Disney Studios, including a very promising upcoming film slate."
It was not immediately known who would replace Cook.
Cook's departure comes just a few weeks after Disney agreed to buy