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Disney names new president of Disneyland Resort

October 12, 2009 |  1:02 pm

PhOTO GEORGE George Kalogridis, a 38-year Disney veteran who got his start as a busboy at the Contemporary Resort at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla., has been named president of the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim.

As president, Kalogridis will oversee a workforce of 20,000 employees -- whom Disney refers to as "cast members" -- and the 506-acre resort, which encompasses Disneyland and Disney's California Adventure theme parks, three hotels and the Downtown Disney shopping district.

The 55-year-old executive most recently served as chief operating officer for Disneyland Resort Paris. Prior to that, he was senior vice president of resort operations for Disneyland in Anaheim, where he played a significant role in the opening of California Adventure and Downtown Disney.

"I am thrilled to be returning to Disneyland, particularly during this time of significant expansion," Kalogridis said in a statement, referring to the $1-billion expansion of California Adventure.

Kalogridis succeeds Ed Grier, who is retiring from the company. He will report to Al Weiss, president of worldwide operations for Walt Disney Parks and Resorts.

-- Dawn C. Chmielewski

Photo: George Kalogridis. Credit: Disneyland Resort Paris