Catherine Powell to leave Disney

Former Disneyland Paris President Catherine Powell is leaving Disney.

It’s understood from sources within Disney that Powell’s post as President of Disney Parks West, and was in charge of Disneyland Paris, Walt Disney World and Disneyland has been eliminated, and she will help in the transition as her staff reports to Disney Parks, Experiences & Products, chairman Bob Chapek.

Powell was President of Euro Disney SCA, the owners and operators of Disneyland Paris during the controversial takeover of the resort by The Walt Disney Company and most recently in charge of the recent openings for the two new Star Wars lands — Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Walt Disney World in Orlando and another at the California Disneyland park — that suffered extremely poor attendance.

Powell, who has been with Disney for 15 years, joined the company in 2004 following senior management roles at BBC Worldwide covering TV sales for Central and Eastern Europe and the Middle East.

Her departure stands in contrast to CEO Bob Iger promising to put more women in top executive positions within The Walt Disney Company, with an eye to greater gender parity.