Bob Chapek Confidante and Speechwriter Arthur Bochner Next to Exit Disney

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Bob Chapek Confidante and Speechwriter Arthur Bochner Next to Exit Disney

It is no surprise that more cast members that worked with Bob Chapek are leaving Disney. According to Variety the next executive to leave Disney is Bob’s confidante and speechwriter Arthur Bochner.

Bochner is behind much of former Disney CEO Bob Chapek’s communications as his main speechwriter. Bochner had served as Chapek’s chief of staff until this past August, then he had been promoted to a vice president of strategic communications position as Chapek faced mounting controversies including his response to Florida’s “Don’t Say Gay” bill.

Related – Bob Iger Disapproved of the Changes Bob Chapek Made at Disney


More recently, Bochner was behind Chapek’s remarks on Disney’s fourth-quarter earnings call. Chapek’s performance on that call, and a follow-up memo to staff on layoffs and freezes, is believed to have led to his removal as Disney’s CEO.

Bochner spent a little more than nine years total at the Walt Disney Company. Prior to taking on the chief of staff job for Chapek in March 2020, he was director, of public affairs and executive engagement, at Disney Parks Experiences and Products. He first joined Disney in October 2013 as Senior Manager, Executive & Licensing Communications, Disney Consumer Products.

Bochner is not the only Disney Executive to leave this past week, Kareem Daniel Chairman of Disney Media and Entertainment Distribution also left Disney following Bob Chapek’s Departure. It is expected we might see more people leave Disney in the coming weeks.

Iger shared that restructuring at the Walt Disney Company would begin just after the Holiday.


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