Earlier this week, Sonia Coleman became the Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer of the Walt Disney Company. According to the announcement by Chief Executive Officer Robert A. Iger, this appointment will take effect on April 8. Sonia Coleman previously served as the Senior Vice President, Human Resources for Disney and ESPN. She will replace Paul Richardson, who is leaving the company after 15 years of service.
As Chief Human Resources Officer, Coleman will report directly to Iger. She will also be responsible for leading Disney’s human resources strategy. This includes global talent acquisition, leadership development, diversity and inclusion, organizational design, and cultural development. She will oversee employee education and development, compensation and benefits, HR operations and technology, and global security.
In his statement, Iger said Sonia is a competent and gifted leader. In addition, she’s a strong advocate for company employees. He also said that her experience leading the human resources function for the company’s general entertainment business and ESPN makes her the perfect choice. Iger closed by thanking Paul Richardson for his years of service to the company and contributions to various projects. This included our Heroes Work Here veterans hiring program.
Regarding the appointment, Coleman said she was truly honored to get the role. She also said she was grateful for the confidence Robert had in her. Sonia Coleman said Disney is one of the best companies in the entertainmenr industry because of its cast members and employees’ talent, dedication, and enthusiasm. As the incoming Chief of Human Resources, she looks forward to being their greatest champion.
Sonia Coleman was responsible for employee development, engagement, recruitment, and compensation in her most recent role. She was also responsible for organizational development, diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts. Coleman held the same role in ESPN and the general entertainment portfolio of businesses at Disney Entertainment.
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