Collective Creativity: Disney Innovation in Entertainment & Products
Dean's Distinguished Speaker: Anne Gates, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Disney Consumer Products
Anne Gates returned to her role as executive vice president and chief financial officer for Disney Consumer Products (DCP) in October 2009. In this role, Gates is responsible for DCP’s finance and accounting functions and leads budgetary and strategic planning reviews. She also oversees franchise development and management, the North America Sales team, and the division’s information technology function.
Gates reports to Andy Mooney, chairman, Disney Consumer Products and Jay Rasulo, senior executive vice president and chief financial officer, The Walt Disney Company.
Previously, Gates was executive vice president and managing director, Europe and Emerging Markets. She was responsible for all merchandise licensing and support functions for DCP’s European region, which consists of United Kingdom; France; Benelux; Iberia; GAS (includes Germany, Austria, Switzerland); Nordic and Italy. In addition, Gates was responsible for DCP’s Emerging Markets in Asia, Europe and Latin America and oversaw the Disney Store Europe.
Gates’ experience at The Walt Disney Company began in 1991 as a senior manager for Operations and Planning. In 1993, she was promoted to vice president, Division Finance and Planning and was named vice president, Planning and Business Development at Disney Interactive in 1997. Following an assignment as vice president, Operations Planning, The Walt Disney Company, Anne was promoted to senior vice president and named DCP’s chief financial officer in 2000. She was promoted again to executive vice president in 2001.
Prior to joining Disney, Gates worked for PepsiCo. Her roles included a position as manager, Business Development for KFC International, based in London, for Europe, Middle East and Africa.
Gates received a bachelor of arts in mathematics from the University of California, Berkeley and a master of science in operations research from Columbia University.