In 2017, Luke Kang was appointed Executive Vice President & Managing Director, The Walt Disney Company (TWDC), North Asia, overseeing all of Disney’s businesses in the North Asia region (Greater China, Japan, and Korea) and is charged with driving the strategy and growth of the Company in the world’s most dynamic region.
From 2014-2017, Mr. Kang held the role of Executive Vice President & Managing Director, TWDC, Greater China. Under his leadership, Mr. Kang has led the team through significant organizational and strategic change to achieve consistent record growth across all business segments. In 2016/2017, Disney was the number one foreign studio at the Chinese box office, releasing more films than any other studio with five record-breaking movies exceeding the highly coveted RMB1Billion box office target, and Consumer Products grew exponentially to become one of the largest markets outside of the United States. The team expanded its digital media presence, and through an elevated local creative focus, the organization successfully expanded its reach into new cities and to new consumer groups across Greater China. Such is the growth and local appeal of Disney achieved under his leadership, that the Company now finds itself at the center of the regional consumer economy.
In 2014, Mr. Kang moved to TWDC in China as Managing Director, Disney Consumer Products and Disney Interactive, Greater China. He managed two key business units inclusive of Consumer Products, Disney Stores China, Publishing, E-Commerce, and Disney Interactive, which included mobile, online, gaming, and all franchise marketing.
Mr. Kang first joined Disney in 2011 as Managing Director, TWDC South Korea. Responsible for driving the Company’s strategy, coordinating all Disney business efforts, overseeing Disney global franchises in the market, expanding existing businesses, and seeking out new opportunities, Mr. Kang was extremely successful in creating tremendous growth for the Korea business.
Prior to joining Disney, he held various senior management roles with Viacom/MTV Networks in Asia Pacific, Monitor Group Asia Pacific Region, and the Ministry of Finance & Economy of the Republic of Korea as well as startups in both Silicon Valley and Asia.
Mr. Kang holds a Master of Science degree in management as a Sloan Fellow from Stanford University Graduate School of Business and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Michigan.