Another Top Official Is Leaving Disney

Another Top Official Is Leaving Disney

( – Disney has not had an easy few months as it faces ongoing legal battles with Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) and backlash from Conservatives about its progressive agenda. On top of this, various top-level executives are leaving the company, causing its leadership to restructure and look for new people to keep the major entertainment company moving forward. The latest official to announce her departure is Disney’s Chief Diversity Officer and Senior Vice President Latondra Newton.

On Tuesday, June 20, Variety revealed that Newton is leaving her position after six years with the company. This news was obtained from an internal company memo and confirmed by an inside source. The source also told the magazine that the departing DEI officer plans to sign on with another corporate board soon as well as work more with her own business.

Newton previously served as the Social Innovation and Chief Diversity Officer of Toyota Motor North America. As Disney seeks another person to fill Newton’s role, human resources executive, Julie Merges will take the interim spot as the DEI officer. This all comes as Disney’s Executive VP and Chief Financial Officer Christine McCarthy announced she is leaving the company on June 15 to take family medical leave.

During her work as DEI officer, Newton launched Disney’s “Reimagine Tomorrow” plan, which promoted more inclusion of BIPOC and LGBTQ+ themes alongside female empowerment and diversity. This program’s work can be seen in movies like “Lightyear,” which showed a gay kiss. It is also responsible for highlighting actress and activist Kayla Cromer’s role in “Everything’s Gonna Be Okay” as she makes history as the first actor with autism to have a lead role on TV.

Disney has come under first for introducing LGBT themes into children’s content recently, with some families boycotting the popular streaming platform Disney+ as well as the popular theme parks. With this and DeSantis’ ongoing fight with the company, where will it go from here?

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