Disney names Horacio Gutierrez as general counsel, senior executive VP and secretary
The Walt Disney Company has named Horacio Gutierrez senior executive vice president, general counsel and secretary.
Gutierrez joins Disney from Spotify, where he served as head of global affairs and chief legal officer. His appointment is effective February 1st, 2022, and he will succeed longtime Disney veteran Alan Braverman, who is retiring after nearly two decades as general counsel.
“Horacio is an incredibly skilled attorney and dynamic leader who comes to Disney with 35 years of legal experience in markets around the globe,” said Walt Disney Company CEO Bob Chapek. “Having spent more than two decades working for premier technology companies, he has an extensive understanding of the complex legal questions that come with technological disruption and rapid industry change.
“Horacio is a key addition to my leadership team, and I look forward to working with him as he builds on Alan’s outstanding legacy leading our unparalleled legal organization.”
As general counsel and secretary, Gutierrez will serve as the chief legal officer of the company, overseeing its team of attorneys responsible for all aspects of Disney's legal affairs around the world, and acting as a strategic advisor to executive leadership and the board of directors. His areas of accountability will include litigation, compliance, transactional law, securities law, regulatory matters, privacy protection, global ethics, and patent, copyright, and trademark issues, among others.
“I am humbled to have the opportunity to lead Disney’s global legal organization, to work with Bob Chapek and his leadership team, and to contribute to one of the most admired and beloved companies in the world as it builds on its many strengths and transforms for the future,” Gutierrez said.
“It is a particular honor for me to succeed Alan Braverman, an iconic figure in the legal profession, who over the last two decades has built one of the largest and most admired legal departments in the world.”
Prior to becoming Spotify’s head of global affairs and chief legal officer, where he led a global, multi-disciplinary team of business, corporate communications and public affairs, government relations, licensing, operations, and legal professionals, he was Spotify’s general counsel and vice president of business and legal affairs from 2016-19.
Prior to joining Spotify, Gutierrez was corporate vice president and general counsel for Microsoft, a company he joined in 1998 as corporate attorney for Latin America.
He holds an LLM from Harvard Law School; a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Miami School of Law, and a bachelor of laws degree and post-graduate diploma in corporate and commercial law from Universidad Católica Andrés Bello in Caracas, Venezuela.
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