EXCLUSIVE: Mark Zoradi, Walt Disney Moton Pictures Group President who oversaw marketing and distribution for the U.S. and international and therefore one of the most powerful execs in that field in the world,, is out. He’s been associated with Disney for 29 years. He was a close pal of ousted Dick Cook’s and now the new Walt Disney Studios boss Rich Ross gets to pick his own person.

UPDATE: Here is Mark Zoradi’s statement to his group:

Dear Team:

I am stepping down from my role as President of The Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures Group effective immediately. Adequately communicating my thoughts and feelings to the teams of people I have admired and worked so close with seems an impossible task.

Since beginning with the Company to help start our Home Video group in 1980, to the launch of the Disney Channel, the development of our TV syndication business, the birth of our international theatrical self distribution effort, and our world wide theatrical group, I have truly enjoyed my time at the Studio. Many milestones were achieved and hurdles overcome and I am so proud to have been a part of such an outstanding group of people. That is what I will always cherish and fondly remember the most……the people, relationships, and friends. It was a magical time at Disney, driven by the most dedicated and talented team of individuals.

I most sincerely wish each of you the very best.