Kevin A. Mayer

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Kevin A. Mayer
ResidenceLos Angeles, California
Alma materBSME, MIT; MSSE, San Diego State University; MBA, Harvard University
Occupationbusiness executive
EmployerThe Walt Disney Company
TitleChairman of Walt Disney Direct-to-Consumer & International

Kevin A. Mayer is an American businessman and the Chairman of Direct-to-Consumer & International division of The Walt Disney Company. He was previously the senior executive vice president and chief strategy officer of Disney where he managed their acquisitions of Pixar, Marvel Entertainment, Lucasfilm, and 21st Century Fox.[1] He also directed the divestitures of Miramax and ABC Radio.

Early life and education[edit]

Mayer earned a BS in mechanical engineering degree, from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Master of Science from San Diego State University, as well as an MBA from Harvard Business School.[2]

Business career[edit]

In 1993, Kevin Mayer got a job at The Walt Disney Company handling strategy and business development for Disney's Interactive/Internet and television businesses worldwide. He later was promoted to head up Disney Internet group as executive vice president.[2]

Mayer was then named Chief Executive Officer of, the online pornography subsidiary of Chicago's Playboy Enterprises in February 2000.[3][4]

In September 2000, Mayer left Playboy and was appointed Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Clear Channel Interactive, a division of Clear Channel Worldwide. He served in that position until December 2001.[5]

He joined L.E.K. Consulting LLC as a partner and head of the global media and entertainment practice in February 2002.[6]

Mayer rejoined The Walt Disney Company as Executive Vice President, Corporate Strategy, Business Development, and Technology in June 2005 the designated in October 2005 as an executive officer.[6] Mayer was involved with the purchase of Pixar, Marvel Entertainment, Lucasfilm, Club Penguin and Maker Studios, as well as its agreement reached in December 2017 to acquire most of the 21st Century Fox assets.[1] In 2010, he arranged the sale of Miramax to Filmyard Holdings, a group of business including Ronald Tutor of Tutor-Saliba and Tutor Perini construction companies, Colony Capital and its chairman Tom Barrack and ex-Disney CFO Richard Nanula.[7]

In March of 2018, Mayer was named chairman of Walt Disney Direct-to-Consumer & International, a new segment division, which would include various streaming businesses, international channels, ad sales and distribution. In this new position, Mayer would continue to report to Disney CEO Bob Iger.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Spangler, Todd (March 14, 2018). "Disney Reorganizes Divisions, Creates Dedicated Direct-to-Consumer Streaming Unit". Variety. Retrieved November 12, 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Kevin Mayer Chairman, Direct - to - Consumer and International" (PDF). The Walt Disney Company. Retrieved November 12, 2018.
  3. ^ Rachel Emma Silverman, Rachel (February 22, 2000). "Playboy's Online Unit Names Mayer, Formerly With Go Network, as CEO". Wall Street Journal. Dow Jones & Company. Retrieved 13 July 2019.
  4. ^ "The Walt Disney Company Announces Leadership For New Corporate Strategy, Business Development & Technology Group". The Walt Disney Company. 2005-06-30. Retrieved 2019-08-26.
  5. ^ "Clear Channel Names Kevin Mayer Chairman and CEO of Internet Group". Playbill. September 4, 2000. Retrieved 13 July 2019.
  6. ^ a b "Kevin A. Mayer Profile". Forbes. Archived from the original on May 31, 2012. Retrieved November 12, 2018.
  7. ^ Solman, Gregory; Weinstein, Joshua L. (December 9, 2010). "Disney deals". Variety. Retrieved November 12, 2018.