Former Chairman, Walt Disney International
Global Media & Entertainment
Andy Bird has spent the last 25 years leading the International growth and strategy for two of the biggest global media companies.
For the last 15 years, Andy was Chairman, Walt Disney International, responsible for all of the companies activities outside the United States. During his tenure, Andy realigned Disney to become an entrepreneurial, locally-driven organization, increasing revenue and profits by 400%.
He was President of Turner Broadcasting International from 1993 until 2003, where he successfully oversaw the launch and growth of Turner’s entertainment brands: Cartoon Network , TNT & TCM. He also oversaw the distribution and sales for CNN International. During his tenure, Andy introduced the channels into over 100 countries around the world and completed strategic acquisitions, such as CETV in China.
Andy has deep connections with leaders and CEO’s around the world and focusses on change and disruption and long term strategic goals: In China, Andy devised a 10 year strategy to introduce the Disney brand to 100’s of millions of consumers prior to the opening of Shanghai Disneyland. This included starting businesses unique to China, such as Disney English – english language learning schools in major cities throughout the country.
In India, he oversaw the acquisition and integration of UTV, to create the largest and most successful Bollywood studio in the country.
In 2015, Andy launched Disney Life into the U.K. It was the company’s first foray into DIrect To Consumer and provided real-time data and learnings that have been used to develop Disney’s soon-to-be launched DTC service, Disney+.
Andy believes that Curiosity, Optimism and Integrity are at the heart of any successful organization and that Human Capital is the most important element for success.
Andy was appointed Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2012 Queen’s Birthday Honours for services to UK media and entertainment.