Walt Disney Co.: Brian Britton (VP of Global Park Operations & Planning)
Why this was a big quit:
Why leave the happiest place in the world? Brian Britton was at Disney for decades serving as the VP of Global Park Operations and Planning. A former U.S. Navy officer with a Harvard MBA, Britton’s departure is certainly a loss to this high-profile position. Britton oversaw the experience for millions of people (up to 75,000/day at Magic Kingdom alone) and the merch they purch’d.
Why this is not as big as our Top 10:
There’s a 2 year restructuring at Disney’s theme park division. Several top level executives were dismissed in 2013. They had to expect that others would flee and would be very cozy with the critical ones to keep. Britton is going to Levy Restaurants to be Chief Operating Officer. The Chicago-based eateries abound at Walt Disney World locations and would not sacrifice that relationship. Ultimately, it’s Disney, it would take more than a single blow to knock down the mouse house.