Catherine Powell, Euro Disney S.A.S. President and Euro Disney Supervisory Board Member Tricia Wilber have both been awarded Diversity Journal 2016 Women Worth Watching awards.
Awarded to women of purpose and drive who represent diversity within their spheres of influence, the Diversity Journal 2016 Women Worth Watching awards celebrate the achievements and personalities of leading women executives.
The Women Worth Watching awards are nominated by their colleagues, peers, and mentors for their initiative and achievements
PRÉSIDENTE OF EURO DISNEY S.A.S.
Leader Driving Success at Disneyland Paris
As a leader within one of the world’s most admired companies, The Walt Disney Company, Catherine Powell is widely respected both internally and within international communities.
Taking the reins this summer as Présidente of Euro Disney S.A.S., the management company of Disneyland Paris, Powell demonstrates boundless passion, energy and curiosity. Her colleagues say she is continually pushing boundaries and inspiring others to success.
Powell is an experienced Disney leader with over 12 years in global roles throughout Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia-Pacific. Most recently, she was managing director in Australia and New Zealand (ANZ), driving extraordinary growth at Disney during her tenure and leading the region to be one of the company’s top performers among developed countries. In ANZ, she was accountable for driving the company’s strategy; coordinating, leading and expanding all company business divisions; overseeing Disney global franchises including Pixar, Princess, Marvel, and Star Wars; and seeking out new business opportunities in the region.
A key focus for Powell has been consumer engagement and creating innovative opportunities for fans to connect with Disney’s stories, characters and brands through both physical and digital experiences. She has led the development of multiple Disney consumer activations with organizations such as the Sydney Opera House, Royal Botanic Gardens in Sydney and Melbourne, The State Theatre, Tennis Australia, and the Australian Grand Prix Corporation. She was also elected to the Chief Executive Women in Australia and serves as a member of the Sydney Opera House Trust.
Earlier in her career, she led the Disney Media Distribution division in EMEA; served as Disney Media Distribution’s senior vice president, Sales – UK, Ireland, Nordic, Benelux and Israel; and prior to that, the executive director – Sales, UK and Ireland. Before joining Disney, Powell worked for BBC Worldwide for seven years, holding various senior TV sales roles across the Middle East and Europe.
During her career at Disney, her leadership has consistently inspired her teams to deliver results and initiatives that set new benchmarks for success. Powell is seen as a role model to many who have worked with her, and in particular, to other female leaders. “I think it is critical that female leaders have the ability to engage and empower women to believe in themselves and be great at what they do; and to have the qualities of positivity and optimism. Never be afraid of thinking differently and taking risks,” she said.
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EVP, CMO AND GM OF DISNEY MEDIA +, EMEA
Strategic Leader Driving Results across EMEA
Tricia Wilber is a top strategic leader who is widely respected across global markets.
As chief marketing officer for The Walt Disney Company EMEA, Wilber is responsible for the creation, implementation and oversight of Disney’s integrated marketing organization throughout Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. She has been instrumental to the implementation of the ‘one voice, one vision’ model in EMEA, as well as driving partnerships across the region.
As a member of Disney’s EMEA executive management team, Wilber helps set the strategic direction for the company, which she ultimately translates into marketing strategies, priorities, budgets, and plans for driving execution regionally and locally.
She oversees the franchise management organization, which is dedicated to building and managing regional business plans for key franchises and properties. She also leads Disney Media Plus – orchestrating EMEA’s Advertising Sales business and third party partnerships.
During her tenure with Disney, Wilber has held various roles driving significant change from business-led leadership into an integrated approach to marketing and franchises. Her colleagues describe her as a highly respected leader and change agent with an ability to bring people together for successfully driving change in business models. Her well-rounded career has provided her the opportunity to create, plan, market, sell, and ultimately lead business operations that deliver profitable products.
Earlier in her career, Wilber was with the Disney Media Advertising Sales and Marketing Group, where she led the structure that drove advertising sales, marketing, and promotions for Disney’s kid-driven and family-inclusive TV platforms, its online offerings, its kid-focused publishing business and its kid-and mom-focused radio and publishing platforms. Her other roles include senior vice president of advertising sales and promotion for Disney ABC Cable Networks Group, vice president of national accounts for ABC Cable Networks Group, and vice president of business development with ABC Cable Networks Group.
Wilber said her biggest career move was relocating to London after a career exclusively in the U.S. and taking the CMO job for a region with over 40 countries. “What I learned from it was that there are many important differences between cultures and the way people interpret the same message however, the underlying human characteristics are surprisingly the same,” she said.