Discontent over Walt Disney’s former CEO Bob Chapek had been festering among top executives — and the exec was described as tone-deaf in a recent conference call.
Disney’s CFO Christine McCarthy told investors she lacked confidence in Chapek after a Nov. 8 conference call about the company’s worse than expected quarterly loss of $1.5 billion linked to its Disney+ streaming service, the Wall Street Journal reported.
Despite the steep financial pitfall, Chapek appeared upbeat and insisted the company was “on a path to profitable streaming business that generates shareholder value long into the future.”
By Friday of the following week, Disney execs were seeing if Iger would return to his old job of 15 years in order to replace Chapek, the paper reported.
Chairperson of Disney’s board Susan Arnold called Iger up and asked if he’d consider coming back to run the Mouse House once again, people with inside knowledge told the Journal.
Intense negotiations among parties unfolded over the weekend and by Sunday night, the surprise announcement that Chapek had stepped down and Iger was reclaiming the helm hit the papers.