With Disney CEO Bob Iger set to leave the iconic media company in 2016, and one of the most prominent candidates to succeed him, Anne Sweeney, co-chair of Disney Media Networks and president of Disney/ABC TV Group, announcing Tuesday that she was leaving the company, rumors began to swirl about another potential replacement for Iger: Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg.
The New York Post reported that Sandberg, who is already a member of Disney’s board of directors, has expressed her interest to the company, with one source telling the Post:
The job is the most coveted role in all of media. People are angling early on.
A source whom the Post described as “campaigning for Sandberg” added:
Sheryl has great leadership skills. Disney should pick someone who understands advertising, content, and has experience of the digital future.
According to the Post, the favorites in the race to succeed Iger are Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Jay Rasulo and Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Chairman Thomas Staggs, with ESPN President and Disney Media Networks Co-Chairman John Skipper seen as a potential dark-horse candidate.
Meanwhile, a source close to Sandberg told VentureBeat there is no truth to the story, saying:
There have been no conversations with Disney. It’s not true. It’s a false rumor.
Earlier this month, The Daily Mail reported that Sandberg was preparing to run for the California Senate seat that comes up for election in 2016.
Readers: What is Sandberg’s next move, and when will it happen?
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