For Disney fans and families, the Company’s network of digital experiences provides a way to explore and engage with favorite stories and characters whenever they need a little magic. Finding new ways to reach and delight a new generation of fans and families is at the top of Jamaican-American Mark Walker‘s to-do list as senior vice president and general manager, Disney Interactive Media.
Mark leads all product development, marketing, programming, content and operations for Disney’s network of digital gateways, including Disney.com, Family.disney.com, Babble.com and StarWars.com. He also is in charge of Disney’s vast social media footprint and its award-winning content apps, including Star Wars, Disney Animated and Disney GIF.
Prior to joining Disney Interactive in 2011, Mark was the head of Yahoo! News and Information properties. Under his leadership, Yahoo! News was transformed from an online news aggregation platform into a premier source of original reporting and premium original video programming.
Before taking the helm at Yahoo! News, Mark was the vice president of business development for Yahoo! Media, responsible for leading the business development teams in entertainment, sports and lifestyle content. He was the co-principal of Oceanaix Ventures LLC, an investment and consulting firm focused on digital media businesses. He has also held top business and legal affairs positions for several entertainment media companies in music, film and television.
Mark holds a J.D. degree from Stanford Law School, an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford, and a S.B. in Mechanical Engineering from MIT. He is an active member of the Visiting Committee for the MIT Media Laboratory/Media Arts and Sciences.