Top Disney Exec Yanover Exits Company

One of Disney’s top digital executives is leaving the company, according to

Paul Yanover, evp and managing director of Disney Online—who logged 16 years at Disney across two separate stints—announced he’s exiting in January.

During Yanover’s tenure, Disney underwent significant changes to its digital products, including multiple relaunches of the flagship, while also making major pushes in online games and the parenting vertical. For example, Yanover oversaw the acquisition of the kids virtual world Club Penguin, as well as Web-based games tied to the Pirates of the Caribbean and Cars movie franchises, among others.

Plus, last year Disney acquired the Canadian company Kaboose, which included several kid- and mom-oriented sites. Kaboose’s was seen as helping Disney gain a larger foothold in the new mom market—not traditionally a Disney strength.

But more recently, Disney CEO Bob Iger has moved to shake up the company’s digital management with new, non-Disney blood. Iger brought on former Yahoo media head Jimmy Pitaro to serve as co-president of the Disney Interactive Media Group. The group’s other co-president is John Pleasants, CEO of Playdom, which Disney acquired over the summer.

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