Disney Interactive‘s Jimmy Pitaro will step up to helm the Games and Media operating group solo as his former co-president John Pleasants exits his post, the company announced today. Pleasants will stay on as a consultant as Pitaro is upped to President of Disney Interactive, merging both the games and media units into one. The pair were installed in their split co-presidency in 2010, when Bob Iger brought Pleasants to run games biz and Disney’s social gaming acquisition Playdom alongside Pitaro, who came from Yahoo to head digital media at Disney Online. Fast forward three years and web and mobile initiatives have converged at the studio. Despite the recent success of Pleasants’ 1M-unit selling Disney Infinity multiverse game, there could only be one at the helm of Disney Interactive. “Following three years of consistent operating improvement at Disney Interactive and a great partnership between John and Jimmy, we are now in a position to fulfill our original objective to consolidate our Interactive business under one Los Angeles-based leader,” said Iger in a statement. “With Jimmy and John’s input, we have created an Interactive organization that is best structured to meet the demands of the fast-moving technology industry. I thank John for his many contributions to Disney Interactive including building tentpole products like Disney Infinity and establishing the company as a leading mobile games publisher and appreciate his passion for bringing Disney experiences to Guests on new platforms.”
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