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Disney promotes Barron and Najia

Walt Disney International Europe and Buena Vista Internet Group (BVIG) havepromoted Andrew Barron to executive vice president of new media andbusiness development for Walt Disney International Europe; and Chafic Najiato senior vice president and managing director of Buena Vista InternetGroup Europe. Barron joined WDTV-I in 1995 as director of businessdevelopment. Since then he has been responsible for identifying andnegotiating several Disney Channel agreements, as well as equityinvestments in HBO Hungary, Czech Republic, Poland, and other new-mediaventures. Prior to joining Disney, Barron worked for internationalmanagement consultants McKinsey & Co. in London and Lisbon, Portugal,focusing on telecommunications strategy and mergers and acquisitionactivities. Najia joined Disney Online in 1996, a month before the launchof, Disney's first Internet offering. In 1998, Najia moved tothe United Kingdom as vice president and managing director of BVIG Europeto open its London office. Prior to joining Disney, Najia held variousbusiness development, strategy and finance positions with companies such asSunAmerica Inc., McKinsey & Co. and Goldman, Sachs & Co.