Brian Besanceney has been named senior vice president, Walt Disney World Public Affairs and Worldwide Government and Industry Relations. Besanceney will oversee all media relations, internal communications and community relations for Walt Disney World Resort as well as all government and industry relations for Walt Disney Parks and Resorts worldwide. Additionally, Besanceney will retain the responsibilities of his previous position as vice president, Public Affairs for Business Development, overseeing all public affairs efforts for business development at existing Parks and Resorts businesses and new projects.
“I am excited by the talent and experience Brian will bring to our senior leadership team and thrilled to welcome him and his family to Central Florida,” said Meg Crofton, president of Walt Disney World Resort. “Brian’s strong track record and his genuine desire to become part of the fabric of our community will enable him to quickly add value to our work here at Walt Disney World and our efforts throughout the region.”
Besanceney joins the Walt Disney World senior leadership team, working closely with Walt Disney World President Meg Crofton, and reports directly to Kristin Nolt Wingard, senior vice president of Public Affairs for Walt Disney Parks & Resorts.
Wingard added, “With his tremendous public affairs experience both here at Disney and in his previous roles in Washington, D.C., Brian will prove to be an invaluable asset for our government and industry relations efforts in the coming years as we expand and grow our businesses across the globe.”
Besanceney joined The Walt Disney Company in February of 2009 as vice president, Public Affairs for Business Development at Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. Prior to that, he served as deputy chief of staff to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice at the U.S. Department of State. He also served as assistant secretary for public affairs at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, deputy communications director at the White House, communications director for former U.S. Rep. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and as a public relations and government relations consultant.
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