Management team

Management team

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

Natacha Rafalski, Présidente of Disneyland Paris

Natacha Rafalski started her role as Présidente, Disneyland Paris in December 2018 and is responsible for bringing Disney magic to life for nearly 15 million guests each year at Europe’s top tourist destination and beacon of Disney in the region. She leads a multinational team of 17,000 Cast Members and oversees two theme parks, eight themed hotels, a 27-hole golf course and Disney Village, a themed dining entertainment and shopping destination. She will also oversee the ambitious expansion plan for the Walt Disney Studios Park announced earlier this year.
Prior to this Natacha served as Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and Senior Vice President, Business Strategy and Finance for Disneyland Paris responsible for finance, real estate, transformation, corporate alliances and operating participants. She also was Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and Vice President, TWDC Greater China from 2013 to 2017. During her tenure as CFO the business achieved record growth across all segments and achieved various milestones including the construction of the Company’s first and world’s largest Disney Store in China, and the opening of regional offices across the country. She also led the Company’s Diversity and Inclusion initiatives for the Asia region with her contribution widely acknowledged when named among the 2017 winners of Profiles in Diversity Journal’s 16th annual Women Worth Watching® Awards.
Natacha began her career in corporate treasury with Disney in 1995 and has held various positions in corporate treasury and finance. Since April 2005, as Vice President, Corporate Finance, she oversaw and managed Structured Finance, Global Cash Management and Treasury Operations and lead and implemented the successful Enterprise-wide Cash Flow forecasting project. She also played a key role in Shanghai Disney Resort negotiations specific to the capital structure for Shanghai Disneyland and led the effort to set up treasury operations for the project.
From October 2001 to April 2005, Natacha had a broad corporate finance role with responsibility for
Disneyland Paris, capital markets and film finance. She was responsible for day to day management of projects including negotiation and execution, completion of due diligence and recommendations to senior management as well as oversight and coordination of large teams across the company both at Corporate and business units.  Prior to this she was in the corporate finance team responsible for day to day management of projects related to Disneyland Paris.
Natacha Rafalski was born in Montreal, Canada, and raised just outside of Paris, France. Natacha, holds an M.B.A. Finance, Anderson Graduate School of Management at UCLA and a B.A. Mathematics/Economics, Phi Beta Kappa, University of California.

Grégoire Champetier, Senior vice president Commercial

Grégoire Champetier joined Disneyland Paris in May 2017 as Senior Vice President Commercial. This role brings together Sales, Marketing, Revenue Management & Analytics as well as Guest communications, synergy with The Walt Disney Company and media and sales partnerships.

The Commercial organization is responsible for defining and delivering commercial strategies designed to optimize existing businesses while identifying new sources of revenue.
Grégoire is a member of the Steering Committee.

Before joining Disney, Grégoire had been Global Chief Marketing and Distribution Officer at the AccorHotels Group since 2011.

Previously, Grégoire Champetier 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 five years at Publicis Conseil, working in communication and publicity.

Grégoire began his career in 1988 as a Marketing Executive at the Olympic Games Organization in Albertville. A graduate of the ESSEC Business School and Sciences Po Paris, Grégoire also holds a law degree.

Daniel Delcourt, Senior Vice President Operations

Daniel Delcourt is Senior Vice President Operations at Disneyland Paris. He is a member of the Steering Committee.
Disneyland Paris Operations is responsible for the creative vision, development and integration of the product, as well as the onsite end-to-end Guest experience.  With this comes the alignment of all product development and operational delivery for parks, hotels, Disney Village, entertainment, merchandise, food and beverage and franchise integration.
Working in close collaboration with Walt Disney Imagineering and Commercial, the Operations team under Daniel’s leadership partners on strategy, design, development, show direction and the integration of the Company’s vast creative intellectual property and franchises across all of Disneyland Paris’ products, experiences, and services.
Daniel has been working in the hospitality and tourism sector for over 30 years. Equipped with several experiences in hotel management in France and abroad, he started at Disneyland Paris in April 1996 as Head of the restaurants at Disney’s Sequoia Lodge. He was quickly promoted to Senior Manager Operations at Disney Village (1997-1999), before heading Disney’s Davy Crockett Ranch (1999), the Golf Disneyland (1999-2000) and Disney’s Sequoia Lodge (2000-2002).
From 2002 to 2007, he diversified his expertise as Head of the Entertainment Department where he launched several shows, including in the context of the 15th anniversary of the destination, and contributed to the organization of the opening of The Walt Disney Studios Park in 2002.
From 2007 to 2012, he was Vice President Hotels and Business Solutions.
Five years later, he crossed the Atlantic to be named Vice President Hotels and Downtown Disney at Disneyland Resort Anaheim in California. And in July 2014, he returned to Disneyland Paris where he was appointed Chief Operating Officer.
Daniel has a Master’s Degree in management in the Food and Beverages branch from the École Hôtelière de Namur in Belgium.

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.

Angela Bliss, Vice President, Communications & Public Affairs Disneyland Paris

Angela Bliss joined Disneyland Paris in April 2019 as Vice President, Communications and Public Affairs, Europe, Middle East and Africa, serving on the Disneyland Paris steering committee. Angela is responsible for communications, media relations, corporate social responsibility and government affairs for Europe’s number one tourist destination and leading employment brand. In this role, she develops and implements the internal and external communication strategy aimed at strengthening the reputation of Disneyland Paris and driving the business through marketing communications.
Prior to joining Disneyland Paris, Angela served as Vice President, Employee Engagement and Connections, Disney Parks, Experiences and Products, in Burbank, California, leading a global team responsible for strategic communications designed to build culture, engage and motivate employees, and drive business goals across a multinational, multilingual global workforce.
Angela also served as Vice President, Global PR and Strategic Communications Planning, leading all marketing communications and consumer PR efforts globally for Disney’s six resort destinations, 12 theme parks, 40+ hotels, four cruise ships, a tour and vacation membership business, and Walt Disney Imagineering.
Prior to this role, Angela served as Vice President, External Communications & Executive Engagement. Over the course of five years, she led global executive engagement and external media relations including reputation, corporate, financial and issues management communications during the then most significant growth period in Disney Parks’ history and during the launch of Shanghai Disney Resort, the company’s most significant foreign investment ever.
During her career, Angela has held various positions in The Walt Disney Company, leading consumer press relations for Disneyland Paris and launching Disney Cruise Line, Hong Kong Disneyland and Shanghai Disney Resort ,and she served as Director of Worldwide Public Relations for Pixar Animations Studios, overseeing worldwide publicity and strategy behind the global theatrical, home entertainment, and awards campaigns. She also served as Senior Director of Corporate Public Relations for Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide.
Angela graduated from Denison University with a Bachelor of Arts, English Writing and Literature and an Organizational Studies Certificate.

Gilles Dobelle, Deputy Chief Counsel, Legal and European Affairs

Since 2011, Gilles Dobelle has been Deputy Chief Counsel for Disneyland Paris. He leads a team of experienced lawyers who work in four distinct areas: commercial law; corporate law and deontology; real estate and environmental law; social law. Gilles’s priority is to strengthen legal understanding and to optimise legal risk management throughout the company.
Gilles Dobelle gained a solid legal expertise by working in large corporations. Before joining Disneyland Paris, Gilles specialised in mergers and acquisitions with a legal firm. In 1990, he joined the Crédit Agricole-Corporate and Investment Bank before moving to the Deutsche Bank in 1996, as Director of Legal Services for France.
In 2003, he became Director of Legal Services for Europe at General Electric- Corporate Finance Bank. In 2005, his role was expanded to include Chief Compliance Officer responsible for ensuring compliance with rules and regulations and reputation management.
Gilles graduated from the University of Paris II-Assas.
In 2017, the Risk Management team who is in charge of managing and optimising insurance-related risk for Disneyland Paris joined the legal department, as well as the European Affairs team who follows up with the European Commission regarding the projects that might impact Disneyland Paris.

Boris Solbach, Vice President Business Strategy Finance & CFO

Boris Solbach joined Disneyland Paris in May 2019 as Vice President Business Strategy Finance and Chief Financial Officer, serving on the steering committee. As such, Boris oversees all the traditional financial functions such as Finance, Accounting, Business Operations, Controllership as well as the long-term strategy, Innovation, Transformation, Sourcing and Procurement (including Integrated Supply Chain), Sponsorship and Real Estate functions for Disneyland Paris.

Prior to joining Disneyland Paris, Boris served as Chief Financial Officer and Managing Director for The Walt Disney Company Germany since 2010. There he oversaw a vast business portfolio including pay and free TV, media and theatrical distribution, (online) gaming, retail, consumer products and live entertainment. He also was responsible for Finance, Accounting, Business Development, Sourcing & Procurement, Information Technology and Facilities.

Prior to this, Boris served as Vice President Global Business Development and Planning for the Disney Store, based in London and held different positions in The Walt Disney Company, working both for Walt Disney International as Director, Business Development, Russia, and for Disney Consumer Products, in Germany, in the United States and in France.

Boris started his career at Walt Disney World Resort in 1990, as Cultural Representative of Germany at EPCOT Center.

David Wilson

David A. Wilson, Vice President, Walt Disney Imagineering Site Leader for Disneyland Paris, Project Design & Delivery Executive for Disneyland Paris, Managing Director of Euro Disneyland Imagineering

Walt Disney Imagineering is the creative force that imagines, designs and builds all Disney theme parks, hotels, attractions and cruise ships worldwide, and also ensures the ongoing quality of these assets. As of 2018, WDI also took on the design and development of all Disney’s consumer products, such as toys, books and video games.
David is the leader of all Imagineers working on Disneyland Paris and is also part of the Disneyland Paris Steering Committee.
David directs an international team of more than 350 “Imagineers” who oversee the conception, design, strategy development, budget, schedule and quality of major resort projects at Disneyland Paris. David has been responsible for projects such as Buzz Lightyear Laser Blast, Crush’s Coaster, Moteurs … Action! Stunt Show Spectacular, Ratatouille: The Adventure, Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster starring Aerosmith, The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror and Toy Story Playland. He is currently managing a €2 billion investment program that will transform Walt Disney Studios Park and other areas of Disneyland Paris over the next several years.
David initially joined Disney in 1991 after serving six years in the U.S. Navy as a nuclear engineering officer, followed by a year as a project engineer working on the Space Shuttle at the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration in Cape Canaveral.
David holds a degree in Civil Engineering from Auburn University, as well as a Chief Engineer Qualification for Navy Nuclear Plants from the U.S. Navy.