Robert Chapek is an American media executive and businessman who is chief executive officer (CEO) of The Walt Disney Company. Before becoming CEO on February 25, 2020, he had a 26-year career with The Walt Disney Company, beginning in the Home Entertainment division, and rising to become the Chairman of Disney Parks, Experiences and Products.
Robert Chapek was born in 1960 in Hammond, Indiana. to a working mother and father. His father was a World War II veteran. Because both of his parents worked, Chapek described himself as a "latch-key kid" at a time when this was uncommon. Chapek said that watching both parents work "instilled a work ethic in me, and worked hard for the nicer things in life. I saw their role-modeling, and it made a permanent impact on my drive and ambition." His family went on annual trips to Walt Disney World.
Chapek graduated from Clark High School in 1977. He later went on to get his bachelor's degree in microbiology at Indiana University Bloomington and his Master of Business Administration Degree at Michigan State University.
Chapek worked for the H. J. Heinz Company in brand management and in advertising for J. Walter Thompson before joining The Walt Disney Company in 1993.
Chapek has been married to his wife Cynthia for 40 years and together they have three children and three grandchildren.