Very few leaders have made companies grow as much as Bob Iger has made Disney. The 67-year-old chairman and CEO has been one of the leading figures in the company’s enormous growth in the last decade, which naturally makes him one of the media’s favorite people to talk about controversies involving the multi-media monster he presides.
In a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Iger had a few words to say about, among other things, the whole James Gunn situation. After being asked how involved he gets in decisions such as the one to fire the Guardians of the Galaxy director, Iger responded by saying:
I would say there is a blend of my helping to make the decision to my supporting the decisions that have been made. (…) The James Gunn decision was brought to me as a unanimous decision of a variety of executives at the studio and I supported it.
The following question inquired whether he still supported this and other controversial decisions after their backlash. Iger simply had to say that:
I haven’t second-guessed their decision.
As expected, he did not go too deep into the specifics of Disney’s decision-making process but made sure to confirm he very much supports every decision that has been made so far. While many speculated that the James Gunn controversy had been mostly Alan Horn (Walt Disney Studios chairman) and Kevin Feige trying to prove who’s the most powerful, this interview shows that the situation escalated far above both of them, and had the whole Walt Disney Company board involved in the discussions as well.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter