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Michael Eisner      

Former CEO of The Walt Disney Company & Former President of Paramount Pictures

Michael Eisner is founder of The Tornante Company, a privately held firm that invests in and incubates companies and opportunities in media and entertainment. Through Tornante, Eisner founded Tornante Animation and with partners acquired The Topps Company, a creator and brand marketer of sports cards, entertainment products, and confectionery. Eisner has been a leader in the entertainment industry for four decades, notably as chairman and CEO of The Walt Disney Company, a position he held from 1984 to 2005. He has also been president of Paramount Pictures and began his career at ABC. Eisner is a trustee of the Aspen Institute.

Both a Fortune 500 CEO and entrepreneur, Eisner knows that even large global companies can innovate and adapt to new markets, new economies and new technologies. Through his remarks, he not only inspires corporate innovation, he gives parameters for successful execution such as brand building, establishing strategic partnerships and employee work teams.

Under the leadership of Eisner, Walt Disney Company revenues grew from $1.7 billion to more than $30 billion by focusing on the power of ideas, pursuing the innovative vision, and taking creative risks. As a leader in the media industry for nearly four decades, Eisner has overseen organizations recognized for their inventiveness and innovation, experienced an explosion of technological advances that have impacted his business and led his companies through the advent of the next big ideas. In his presentations on leadership, he shares his insights on what it takes to run a company that must always grow and change.

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