TITLE

THE EMPEROR UNCLOTHED

AUTHOR(S)
Fishman, Charles
PUB. DATE
May 2004
SOURCE
Fast Company;May2004, Issue 82, p20
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This article presents an encounter with the author and Walt Disney CEO Michael Eisner. In 1990, it was just the author and Eisner in the back of a white Lincoln Continental hotel in Orlando, Florida, and Eisner was taking off his clothes. Eisner was just six years into his tenure as the CEO for Walt Disney in the summer of 1990, but the turnaround he masterminded was in full bloom. Eisner still had a full head of hair then and a slim face, and Disney was one-fifth its current size, as of May 2004. Eisner's pay of $40.1 million for 1988 was fresh, and a bit awe-inspiring. It was in every way an innocent and forgiving time. Indeed it is hard to imagine the Michael Eisner of 2004, beset by critics and his own shareholders. He was changing clothes, he said, because if he wore a suit into the park, he would be recognized and mobbed by guests. Some of the traits that served Eisner well in Disney's revival, traits for which he is now condemned, were on display. Both the author and Eisner were on their way to a fireworks show at the Magic Kingdom, and Eisner was just making sure his tweaks were being done. Although his year of earning $570 million was still in the future, he was already touchy about money.
ACCESSION #
12749566

 

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