Our Haute 100 list details the accomplishments of the most influential people in each of our markets—Miami, New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. These people continue to make moves, so rather than waiting for the next Haute 100 issue to come out, we thought we’d provide you with regular updates on those Haute 100 members who are making headlines. Check back daily for more info on the most powerful people in your city. In an industry run by old-media moguls, Robert Iger moves Disney forward by exploring digital initiatives ahead of others and making smart moves in the digital age, landing him a top spot on a list of “Media’s Most Tech-Savvy CEOs,” as ranked by The Daily Beast.
Company: The Walt Disney Co.
What Made Him Haute: CEO Iger efficiently runs and balances the matrix of Disney’s divisions. The careful development of ESPN, its animation studios, and an alliance with Apple’s Steve Jobs in both animation and digital content delivery should serve the Mouse well, even if the downturn continues. Currently, Igor is focusing his attention on remaking the Company’s ABC television network.
What Makes Him Haute Now: The Daily Beast has released a list of tech-savvy CEOs on a scale from “savvy” to “not very savvy” and the verdict on Disney CEO Bob Iger: savvy. With Walt Disney’s current stock price around $34, and the CEO’s “smart digital moves,” which the website notes as buying Pixar, giving Disney access to Steve Jobs; naming Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg to the board; building out ESPN’s digital capabilities; getting into casual gaming via Club Penguin and Playdom; and naming Playdom’s John Pleasants and Yahoo’s James Pitaro to lead its interactive unit, Iger is successfully navigating the digital transition.