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Michael Colglazier

Michael Colglazier

The Walt Disney Co. (NYSE: DIS) promoted Michael Colglazier, its current Disneyland Resort chief, to head of its Asia parks, effective March 5.

Josh D’Amaro, a 20-year Disney veteran and former Disneyland executive, will become president of the Disneyland Resort.

For the past five years, Colglazier, 51, has served as president of the Disneyland Resort, where he led a workforce of 30,000 cast members, oversaw the successful 60th anniversary Diamond Celebration and drove the resort to record business performance and growth.

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In his new role, the 28-year Disney veteran will be president and managing director, Asia Pacific, overseeing the company’s parks and resorts operations and development, including Hong Kong Disneyland, Tokyo Disney Resort with the Oriental Land Company and Shanghai Disney Resort. Bill Ernest, who held this role since 2008, announced his retirement earlier this month after a nearly 24-year career with Disney.

“I am tremendously excited to join our teams in Asia, where our growth opportunities are diverse and endless,” Colglazier said in a statement.

D’Amaro, 46, who most recently served as senior vice president at Walt Disney World Resort where he oversaw marketing strategy, sales and business development, began his Disney career in 1998 as a senior business planner at the Disneyland Resort. Over the course of his eight years at Disneyland, D’Amaro held several leadership positions with increased responsibilities in operations, business planning, finance, sales and marketing.

Prior to his role at Walt Disney World, D’Amaro served as senior vice president, Resorts and Transportation, from 2014 to 2017, where he was responsible for the operation of Walt Disney World’s 26 resort hotels and the resort-wide transportation system. In addition, D’Amaro served as vice president of Animal Kingdom Park from 2012 to 2014, during a time when the park was undergoing the largest expansion in its history.

Prior to joining Disney in 1998, D’Amaro worked in financial planning for The Gillette Company in Boston.

For more coverage of Disney Co., and its resorts and executives, see the Monday print edition of the Business Journal.