Veteran passed the torch on February 25, 2020, stationing at the helm of The . Chapek is the seventh CEO in the company’s nearly 100-year history.
Chapek was born in August 1960 just outside of Chicago, Illinois, to working-class parents who, according to an interview with in the Los Angeles Times worked constantly, outside of the family’s occasional vacations to in Florida.
“That’s where I first developed a deep love for Disney and all that it stands for,” Chapek said during the interview.
Growing up, Chapek was known for his “innate ability to be consistently relied upon,” according to Brooksy Society. He took his responsibilities as an altar boy at St. John the Baptist Church every Sunday at 6:00 a.m. Chapek says his that ability came from his parents.
“They instilled a work ethic in me and worked hard for the nicer things in life,” Chapek explained. “I saw their role-modeling, and it made a permanent impact on my drive and ambition.”
In 1977, graduated from . His mother, Marie, once said of her son that “he played hard and worked hard” and that “he put his heart and soul into everything.”
“If [Chapek] did a job, he was never satisfied,” his mother told The Times of Northwest Indiana, “he always wanted to do more, and he still has a heart for the Calumet region and feels very close to Hammond.”
This weekend, Northwest Indiana will welcome the CEO has been invited back to , from which he graduated in 1981 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Microbiology. back to his roots, as
will speak at the Bloomington undergraduate commencement ceremony to be held on May 7, 2022.
had a long career with Disney before becoming the company’s CEO. According to to Brooksy Society:
“Before becoming Disney’s seventh CEO, Chapek’s roles included chairman of The and president of . During his tenure, saw the largest investment and expansion in its 60-year history.”, Experiences and Products, chairman of and Resorts, head of , president of distribution for