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SVP of Communications Heather Hust Rivera to Exit Disney

The Mouse House exec exits after almost 20 years of service, following the ouster of Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution (DMED) Chairman Kareem Daniel.

Heather Hust Rivera, Senior Vice President of Communications at Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution (DMED), is leaving the company.

“I’m grateful for the incredible opportunities I have had in the past 17 years at Disney, working across multiple businesses with some of the industry’s hardest working, most talented, and amazingly creative people,” Hust Rivera said in an exclusive statement to Variety. “I wish the team nothing but the best, and look forward to what the next chapter holds.”

As Hust Rivera’s boss Kareem Daniel stepped down from his Chairman of DMED role late last month, this exit does not come as a huge shock. Additionally, with CEO Bob Iger back at the company helm, a major shakeup is still expected while the company is restructured, with many speculating that DMED may be eliminated altogether.

Before she took on her role at DMED in March 2021, Hust Rivera oversaw many publicity roles for Disney parks and resorts, as well a leadership role in all the company’s corporate video, web, and social media teams. As a Comms Exec at DMED, she oversaw all global communications, which included Disney+, Hulu, ESPN+, and Star+ as well as ABC, Disney Channel, ESPN, Freeform, FX, and National Geographic.

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