Disneyland Paris has appointed Natacha Rafalski as Présidente of Disneyland Paris, effective immediately. Natacha has been with the Walt Disney Company for 23 years, holding a variety of senior positions throughout the world. She joined the Disneyland Paris team in 2017 as Chief Financial Office and has been responsible for real estate, transformation, corporate alliances and operating participants.
She began her Disney career back in 1995 and held multiple positions in corporate treasury and finance, for example, prior to joining the Disneyland Paris Team, Natacha Rafalski was the CFO for the Walt Disney Company Greater China based in Shanghai between October 2013-2017. During that time she was instrumental in providing leadership to many major strategic initiatives and spearheaded work, driving long-term financial growth in that region.
Natacha has also been a key champion and leader for Diversity and Inclusion at Disneyland Paris, establishing a woman’s leadership group, D Elles P and encouraging Cast Members to form a network dedicated to women. In addition to the many initiatives she continues to lead for Disneyland Paris, she was among the 2017 winners of Profiles in Diversity Journal’s 16th Annual Women Worth Watching® Awards.
Catherine Powell announced this exciting news, she recently served as the Présidente of the resort but has since been promoted to President of the Disney Parks Western Region in March 2018! She is now responsible for Walt Disney World Resort, Disneyland Resort and Disneyland Paris.
Catherine Powell said this is a very exciting time for Disneyland Paris as they continue to transform their organisation and move forward with the expansions for the resort. She also said that “Natacha has proven to be an exceptional leader with a global viewpoint who has the versatility and experience needed to lead the continued success of Disneyland Paris.”- Disneyland Paris News.
As Présidente, Natacha will be responsible for bringing Disney magic to life for nearly 15 million guests who visit Disneyland Paris each year as well as being Europe’s top tourist destination! With this position, she will oversee 16,000 Cast Members, oversee two theme parks, eight themed hotels, a 27- hole golf course and the Disney Village which is a themed dining entertainment and shopping destination! She will also oversee the highly anticipated expansion plan for the Walt Disney Studios!
Natacha said, “I am incredibly honoured and excited to assume this position at such a transformational time for the resort, France holds a special place in my heart, and I’m looking forward to leading and growing the business as we continue to build on and expand the promise of Europe’s top tourist destination.”
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