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Walt Disney names new execs for RP, neighbors

The Walt Disney Co. South East Asia has announced the appointment of country managers in Indonesia, Philippines and Thailand to further strengthen its focus in high growth markets.
Herry Salim, Veronica Espinosa-Cabalinan and Subha-Orn Rathanamongkolmas (Soupy) have been appointed country managers for Indonesia, Philippines and Thailand, respectively.
The three will report directly to Robert Gilby, managing director, The Walt Disney Co. South East Asia.
This country level focus will further support Disney’s in-market partnerships, create localized creative content and accelerate fast learning of local trends and opportunities to serve fans of Disney, Marvel, Star Wars and Pixar.
The new leaders will focus on building brand affinity through fan engagement and drive monetization with a compelling portfolio of content across all Disney businesses.
“This new market-led organization will strengthen our local relevance, deepen key partnerships, and accelerate Disney’s digital footprint with some of the world’s most mobile and social consumers in these three countries,” said Gilby.
“Herry, Veronica and Soupy bring in a deep understanding of our key growth markets in this region. With their experience and leadership, we will further enrich Disney fan engagement with our stories, brands and characters, and drive continued growth across our businesses,” he added.  
Working with regional business heads, the newly appointed country managers will further strengthen local partnerships with broadcasters, telcos, licensees, retailers, multiplex chains and digital media brands to provide best-in-class content tailored for audiences and accelerate opportunities across mobile and social platforms.
Prior to joining Disney, Herry was vice president Household Care for Southeast Asia, Australia and New Zealand, in Unilever.
With over two decades experience in the licensing and retail business, Espinosa-Cabalinan joined Disney in 2013 as the head of consumer products business in Philippines where she led the team to exceptional growth of Disney’s licensing business and developed key retail partnerships.
Prior to that, Veronica worked with Pacific Licensing Studio where she led the consumer products licensing team for a portfolio of licensed brands in Philippines.
“Our Filipino fans have a special relationship with Disney brands, especially Marvel and we will further enhance this engagement with innovative digital products and through social media,” said Veronica.
Soupy is a senior executive in the studios entertainment business with over two decades experience working in Thailand, Vietnam, Myanmar, Cambodia and Laos.
Prior to this role, she was the managing director of the joint venture entity of Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures and Sony Pictures Releasing International in Thailand where she held various roles since joining in 2003.
 

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