President Walt Disney Imagineering, Barbera Bouza Steps Down
President Walt Disney Imagineering, Barbera Bouza Steps Down

President Walt Disney Imagineering, Barbara Bouza Steps Down. In a post to Instagram this morning the President of Walt Disney Imagineering has officially stepped down from her role. You can read her whole post below.

She joined the company during a tumultuous time in 2020 where she led Imagineering through a pandemic, a shift in company culture, an almost move to central Florida, and massive layoffs. She leaves behind a legacy in just four years, bringing Imagineering to new hights.

BARBARA BOUZA

PRESIDENT, WALT DISNEY IMAGINEERING

Barbara Bouza is president of Walt Disney Imagineering, where she heads the global creative, design, and development teams behind Disney’s theme parks, attractions, resort hotels, cruise ships, and retail, dining, and entertainment centers. She also leads a multidisciplinary team tasked with exploring, developing, and bringing to market groundbreaking ideas that enhance and expand Disney’s portfolio of experiences around the world.

Before Disney, Barbara served as co-managing director, and principal for the Los Angeles branch of the global architecture, design, planning, and consulting firm Gensler, where she brought strategic design management to several highly innovative clients.

President Walt Disney Imagineering, Barbara Bouza Steps Down
President Walt Disney Imagineering, Barbara Bouza Steps Down

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Proudly building upon our extraordinary legacy, Imagineers are shaping a future that inspires humanity.  As one global team of innovative creators and storytellers, we immerse our guests in experiences that make memories of a lifetime.

As a licensed architect I was recruited by The Walt Disney Company to challenge the norm and bring broader global industry perspective and expertise. Joining Walt Disney Imagineering in June of 2020, I truly believed humanity needed Disney more than ever.  The world was trying to understand the impact of a global pandemic, business disruption, stay at home orders, a reckoning on race, and the growing political divide. From there Imagineers endured the pressures of talent reductions, unprecedented hyper-escalation on projects, political crosshairs, and the need to make life changing decisions with their families around the relocation from California to Florida.

Through all of this, Imagineers relentlessly created and delivered some of the most impactful projects in the history of The Walt Disney Company.  This success has fueled the turbocharged growth of Disney Experiences through $60 billion in investment over the next 10 years that Bob Iger and Josh D’Amaro speak of. So I want to take this moment to personally thank all Imagineers, past, present and future for making the impossible possible.

It is bittersweet as I wrap up my work as President of Walt Disney Imagineering this month before I create an even bigger impact for world. Stay tuned! WDI will be in excellent hands with my partner, Bruce Vaughn, Chief Creative Officer, who is an exceptional creative leader.

“There’s really no secret about our approach. We keep moving forward, opening new doors and doing new things, because we’re curious.” – Walt Disney

There has been no statement from The Walt Disney Company as of this writing.

President Walt Disney Imagineering, Barbera Bouza Steps Down

President Walt Disney Imagineering, Barbara Bouza Steps Down