Disney's George Aguel Shifts Roles

George Aguel, Disney executive and longtime meetings industry leader, is moving out of Disney's global meetings and events business. Aguel will be expanding his role with the Global Corporate Alliances team, a department that forges strategic partnerships with a broad range of corporations in support of all Disney business units, and the Operating Participants team, which develops and manages relationships with third-party companies that operate businesses at Disney theme parks worldwide. "As much as I look forward to expanding the scope of my Alliances and Operating Participants work, I will greatly miss being a part of the industry I've served my entire career," Aguel said in a statement. "I also have the utmost confidence that our Disney team will continue to be a powerful partner to the industry and provide our clients with incomparable meeting and event experiences." Aguel has a long history in the meetings industry. He was a past chairman of Visit Orlando and Meeting Professionals International, and has held board and executive committee positions with the American Society of Association Executives, the Professional Convention Management Association, the U.S. Travel Association, the Convention Industry Council and many more. Anne Hamilton, vice president, resort sales and services, for Disney Destinations, will continue to lead the sales services organization for Disney's meetings and events business in North America, while Rick Continelli will transition into Aguel's broader role, which includes the Disney Institute, weddings and Disney's youth business, among others. The changes all went into effect this week.