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Gas heads to Shanghai Disney
Euro Disney, operator of Disneyland Paris in France, has announced that Tom Wolber has been appointed as president of the theme park, as former head Philippe Gas prepares to take on his new role as head of Shanghai Disney Resort in China.
Effective from September 2014, Wolber will transition into the role over the summer, working with Gas to ensure continued commitment to the company's long-term strategic priorities.
"One of our greatest assets is the global strength of our teams," said Tom
Staggs, chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. "Both Philippe and Tom are seasoned Disney veterans with a tremendous combination of leadership skills, business acumen, and international experience that will help ensure that we carry on our legacy of creating unforgettable experiences for our guests.
Wolber helped to open Disneyland Paris in 1992 and brings more than 20 years of wide-ranging operations experience, including leadership positions at Disney Cruise Line, Disney Vacation Club and both Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Paris.
He most recently served as the head of Walt Disney World Resort and Transportation Operations, overseeing all of the 28 resort hotels and the property's extensive transportation network.
The Shanghai Disney Resort is scheduled to open at the end of 2015. The $3.7bn development will cover 963 acres and will be approximately three times the size of the Hong Kong Disneyland Resort.