Disney corporate affairs chief Geoff Morrell steps down after three months

The Walt Disney Company’s Chief Corporate Affairs Officer Geoff Morrell is stepping down from his position, according to an email sent to company executives, FOX Business has confirmed.

Morrell had served in the role for just three months, during a period of political turmoil for the entertainment company after it took sides in Florida’s Parental Rights in Education legislation.

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In an email obtained by FOX Business, Walt Disney Company CEO Bob Chapek told company executives that Morrell is “leaving the company to pursue other opportunities.”

Morrell told his staff in an email that it has become “clear” that he’s not the right fit in the position.

“After three months in this new role, it has become clear to me that for a number of reasons it is not the right fit,” Morrell wrote. “After talking this over with Bob, I have decided to leave the company to pursue other opportunities.”

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Geoff Morrell

Geoff Morrell, SVP of US Communications and External Affairs for BP, is photographed in the company’s downtown office. (Photo By Tom Williams / CQ Roll Call) (Photo By Tom Williams / CQ Roll Call / Getty Images)

Morrell previously served as Pentagon press secretary under former President Bush and former President Obama before joining BP America as its head of communications in 2011.

Chapek announced several changes to the company’s leadership team as well.

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Kristina Schake will shift to a new role, leading the company’s communications efforts as executive vice president, global communications.

Horacio Gutierrez, general counsel for the Walt Disney Company, will lead the company’s government relations and global public policy efforts.

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