Disney general affairs director Morrell leaves the company


A screen displays the logo and a ticker symbol for The Walt Disney Company on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York, U.S., December 14, 2017. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

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April 29 (Reuters) – Walt Disney Co (DIS.N) head of general affairs Geoff Morrell is leaving the company three months after joining oil and energy firm BP Plc (BP.L), according to an e-mail. email Friday from CEO Bob Chapek.

Morrell’s brief tenure was marred by controversy over the company’s handling of Florida law prohibiting classroom instruction about sexual orientation and gender identity for certain students.

“It has become clear to me that for a number of reasons this is not the right solution,” Morrell wrote in a separate email to his staff. “I have decided to leave the company to pursue other opportunities.”

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Both emails were seen by Reuters.

Disney has become the center of criticism for not speaking out publicly against the legislation, which critics call the “Don’t Say Gay” bill. Chapek then expressed his disappointment with the measure and apologized to his LGBTQ employees for not being a “stronger ally in the fight for equal rights.”

That spurred condemnation from Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, who on April 22 signed into law a bill that strips Disney of self-governing authority at its Orlando-area parks in retaliation for his opposition to a new law that would limits the teaching of LGBTQ issues in schools. . Read more

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Reporting by Dawn Chmielewski and Lisa Richwine in Los Angeles Editing by Chris Reese and Matthew Lewis

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