Diane Jurgens has been named Chief Information Officer of The Walt Disney Company, it was announced by Christine M. McCarthy, Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer.
As Chief Information Officer, Ms. Jurgens will lead Disney’s global Enterprise Technology organization, which includes enterprise business systems, infrastructure, workforce enablement, and enterprise resilience engineering.
Ms. Jurgens’ responsibilities will also include the planning, prioritization, implementation and operations of Disney IT systems and infrastructure across the Company in support of corporate business operations, ensuring both their strategic relevance and operational effectiveness.
“Diane is a proven global technology leader with strategic vision, and her talents will be a great asset to the Company as our businesses and industry continue to evolve,” said Ms. McCarthy. “Her breadth of experience in driving technology and innovation on a worldwide scale make Diane the right choice for this role, and I am very excited to welcome her to my team.”
“I am incredibly grateful to Christine for the opportunity to be part of an amazing organization, and I look forward to working with the talented Disney team and leveraging my experience to contribute to the innovation and creativity that the Company is known for around the globe,” said Ms. Jurgens.
Ms. Jurgens most recently served as Chief Technology Officer for BHP, a multinational mining, metals, and petroleum company. In that role, Ms. Jurgens was responsible for leading capital program delivery, technology operations, cyber security, data privacy, digital strategy, and research and development.
A career technologist and leader, Ms. Jurgens has held numerous senior executive positions across a variety of industries including President and Managing Director of Shanghai OnStar Telematics Company, Vice President and Chief Information Officer for General Motors’ international operations, and as an executive at The Boeing Company.
Diane Jurgens will join the Company on October 5th and report to Ms. McCarthy. She holds an MBA from Seattle University, as well as both an M.S. and B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Washington.