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Disney’s chairman Robert Iger wants to be US ambassador to China

12/18/2020| 3:51:10 PM|

An Iger appointment could roil politicians critical of Disney’s business in China.

Walt Disney executive chairman Robert Iger has told people close to the incoming Biden administration that he would be interested in serving as U.S. ambassador to China, according to a Wall Street Journal report.

Mr. Iger, who served as Disney CEO for 15 years until being named executive chairman earlier this year, would be an unorthodox choice for a posting that typically goes to governors and senators. Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have criticized Disney’s business dealings in China or have questioned whether President-elect Joe Biden would be sufficiently tough on Beijing, so his possible appointment may draw political backlash.

Mr. Iger has been a supporter of Mr. Biden and has a long-running relationship with China’s President Xi Jinping.

Mr. Iger has signaled that he would be interested in serving a Biden administration in a number of capacities, according to a person close to him.

For Mr. Iger, a possible job in the Biden administration would answer one question that has consumed Hollywood for years: what he plans to do next. Mr. Iger delayed his retirement from Disney before naming Bob Chapek to the CEO role in February. He became executive chairman with a contract that expires in December 2021.

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