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Disney’s Iger Battles Billionaire Peltz in Epic CEO Clash: Who Will Reign Supreme?


Jamie Dimon endorses Disney CEO Bob Iger in proxy fight with Nelson Peltz’s Trian Partners


In a proxy battle over the leadership of entertainment giant Disney, CEO Bob Iger has received support from JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon.

Dimon praised Iger’s extensive experience and leadership qualities, arguing that adding outsiders to the board could hinder the company’s progress.

Trian Partners, led by activist investor Nelson Peltz, has launched a challenge, proposing Peltz and former Disney CFO Jay Rasulo for board seats.

Trian has criticized the current board’s handling of Disney’s traditional TV channels and streaming strategy, demanding restructuring and higher profit margins.

In response, Iger has implemented cost-cutting measures and restructured the company, including layoffs and a focus on making the Disney+ streaming service profitable.

However, these efforts have not satisfied Trian, which remains critical of Disney’s performance.

Dimon’s endorsement of Iger is significant as he rarely weighs in on proxy battles.

JPMorgan has a history of advising Disney on defensive matters, and Dimon’s support adds weight to Iger’s position.

The outcome of the proxy battle will have implications for the future direction of Disney.

A victory for Iger would solidify his leadership and give him more authority to implement his plans.

A win for Peltz, on the other hand, would bring in an activist investor with plans to reshape the company, potentially leading to changes in strategy and operations.

  • Overall sentiment: neutral
  • Positive

    “In February, Disney reported a blowout quarter with an earnings beat, narrowing streaming losses and upbeat guidance as it saw progress in its effort to cut costs.”

    “Dimon gave the following statement on Iger to Faber: “Bob is a first-class executive and outstanding leader who I’ve known for decades.”


    “Peltz believes that Netflix is Disney’s biggest competitor.”

    “The activist also wants Disney to target and achieve “Netflix-like margins” of 15% to 20% by 2027″

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