Management team

Management team

The Management Committee defines and implements overall Group strategy. It is an international management team endowed with a solid expertise.

Catherine Powell, President Disney Parks Western Region.

Catherine started in her role as Présidente of Euro Disney S.A.S. on July 11, 2016. Before joining the Euro Disney group, Catherine served as The Walt Disney Company’s Managing Director for Australia and New Zealand for two years. Catherine previously led the Media Distribution division of The Walt Disney Company for Europe, the Middle East and Africa for five years, having served first as Disney Media Distribution’s senior vice president, for the UK and Ireland, France, Nordic, Benelux and Israel. Catherine joined The Walt Disney Company in 2004 as creative director for the portfolio development group. Before joining The Walt Disney Company, Catherine worked for BBC Worldwide for seven years, where she held various senior TV sales roles across territories including Central and Eastern Europe, the Middle East, Germany and Spain/Portugal.

 

Natacha Rafalski, Présidente of Disneyland Paris

On December 12, 2018, Natacha Rafalski was appointed Présidente of Disneyland Paris. Prior to that, she had served as Vice President, Finance since October 2017 and then as Senior Vice President, Business Strategy & Finance CFO, since July 2018. Prior to joining Disneyland® Paris, Natacha was Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and Vice President, TWDC (The Walt Disney Company) Greater China. Previously, Natacha worked in the Corporate Treasury division of TWDC as Vice President Corporate Finance, where she supervised film fundraising efforts as well as project financing activities related to Disneyland Paris and Shanghai Disney Resort. She also led TWDC’s global capital markets business and led the global treasury management group at The Walt Disney Company.

Grégoire Champetier, Senior vice president, Commercial

Grégoire Champetier joined Disneyland Paris on May, 2017 as Senior Vice President, Head of Commercial. This role brings together Sales, Marketing, Revenue Management & Analytics and Global Development departments. Before joining Disney, Grégoire had been Chief Marketing Officer at the AccorHotels Group since 2011, in charge of distribution and loyalty. Previously, Grégoire has worked for McDonald’s France. He joined the company in 2001 as Director of Marketing before becoming senior VP of marketing, corporate communication, real estate development, construction, and sustainable development. In 2004, his role was broadened to include all of southern Europe. In 1997, he joined BDDP/TBWA after having worked 5 years at Publicis Conseil, working in communication and publicity. Grégoire began his career in 1988 as a Marketing Executive at the Olympic Games Organisation in Albertville.

 

Daniel Delcourt, Senior vice president, Operations & COO

Daniel’s experience in the hospitality industry spans nearly 30 years. With 18 years of experience with Disney, Daniel Delcourt held various positions of increasing responsibilities before being promoted to Vice President, Hotels and Convention Centers in January 2007, responsible for enhancing productivity and creating strategies for the Disneyland Paris hotel complex. In April 2012, Daniel joined Disneyland Resort California as Vice President Resort Hotels & Downtown Disney before being named Senior Vice President – Chief Operating Officer at Disneyland Paris in July 2014.

 

Francesca Romana Gianesin, Senior vice president, Experience & Product Synergy & Integration

Francesca Romana Gianesin is currently Vice President, Partnerships for Disneyland Paris, responsible for all Disneyland Paris strategic partnerships including Corporate Alliances, Operating Participants, and Business Solutions. Prior to that, she was Vice President EMEA for Disney Consumer Products and was based in London. She also led the relationship between The Walt Disney Company and some of the biggest international retailers, and she led the Luxury segment, signing partnerships at global level with the most famous fashion brands in the world for adult and kids business. Previously she held different positions in The Walt Disney Company Italy as VP Disney Consumer Products or Vice President Integrated Retail. Francesca has a FMCG background and prior to joining Disney, she held different positions in Johnson Wax, in Unichips Group and in Sara Lee-Playtex.

 

Gilles Dobelle, Vice president, Legal

Gilles joined the Euro Disney Group in April 2011 as Managing Vice President, General Counsel. He accomplished most of his career in financial institutions where he held various positions of increasing responsibility. After being a lawyer specialized in corporate law (mergers and acquisitions) in a law firm, Gilles joined the Crédit Agricole Corporate & Investment Bank group in 1990 before joining the Deutsche Bank group in 1996 where he was promoted to General Counsel France. In 2003, he became General Counsel Europe for General Electric Corporate Finance Bank and extended then his responsibilities to become in 2005 Chief Compliance Officer in charge of the respect of the financial regulations and management of the reputational risk.

 

Daniel Dreux, Vice President Human Resources

Daniel Dreux joined the Group in 1992 as Manager, Labor Relations, after 10 years spent in the Burger King group, where he held a certain number of positions of increasing responsibility. Into the Group, he has enriched his professional itinerary by occupying various positions at the Human Resources, Purchasing, General Services, and at the Security departments, before being named Vice President – Labor Relations in 2003 and then Vice President -Human Resources in 2007. He has deep understanding and knowledge of our Company and the way it functions, as well as of the management and development of its resources.

 

Cathy Pianon, Vice President, Public Affairs and Communications, Europe

Cathy Pianon was appointed Vice President of Public Affairs and Communication Europe of the Euro Disney Group in October 2017. Cathy began her career in 1994 as a Junior Trader at Société Générale before joining Vinci in 1995 as Head of Mission Management France then Vivendi Universal in 1999 as Coordinator for the Secretary General. In 2000, Cathy was I charge of Employee Shareholdingat Veolia Environnement before founding her own financial communications agency in 2003. Cathy then joined Disneyland® Paris in 2013, where she was Senior Manager of Internal Communication before becoming Director of Internal and External Communications Director until 2015. From 2015 to 2017, Cathy was Director of Communications for the Brunswick Group and then the Bureau Veritas Group.