January 2, 2000 |
Who will make big news in the business world this year? Who will emerge from relative obscurity to become a major player? To start the new year, Times business reporters selected people from their beats who they believe will be among those to watch in 2000--in Southern California, across the country and around the world. Some are well known, having made big news in previous years. Others are not exactly household names but nevertheless are likely to make a major impact in their fields.
January 15, 1999 |
Walt Disney Co. on Thursday promoted retailing specialist Cynthia Harriss to run Disneyland, a move that comes at a critical time as the world-famous theme park grapples with the death of a park guest and a billion-dollar expansion. The 46-year-old Harriss is taking the reins of Orange County's most visible business from Paul Pressler, who presided over record-breaking attendance but who was criticized for emphasizing merchandise sales over the development of new rides and the park's upkeep.
December 8, 1999 |
Disneyland boss Cynthia Harriss, a popular figure to many employees and park fans during her 11 months at the helm, was promoted Tuesday to president of the world-famous tourist attraction. Harriss, whose duties remain the same, took over the park's operation with the title of executive vice president last January.
August 23, 2001
* Randall Baumberger has been named senior vice president for Disneyland Resort Hotels and Downtown Disney in Anaheim. He reports to Cynthia Harriss, president of the Disneyland Resort. Baumberger is responsible for the resort's three hotels as well as the 300,000-square-foot entertainment, dining and retail district between Disneyland and Disney's California Adventure. He had been senior vice president at Disney Regional Entertainment in Burbank, where he oversaw ESPN Zone.
January 19, 1999 |
Michael P. Berry was promoted Monday from vice president of food at Disneyland to senior vice president of the park, with day-to-day oversight of rides, stores, guest service, costumes and security as well as restaurants and food carts. Berry has worked at Marriott Corp., Service America Corp. and the University of California. He joined Disneyland in 1996 from Harvard University, where he directed dining services.
July 7, 2001 |
Walt Disney Co.'s 5-month-old California Adventure theme park has doubled its daily turnout in recent weeks using discounts and a revived attraction to boost lagging attendance, a park executive said. Last month, Disney began offering discounts for Southern California residents to the Anaheim theme park. And this week, Disney began the annual summer performances of the "Electrical Parade" of Disney characters through California Adventure. The promotions come after a weakening U.S.