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Jigalova-Ozkan appointed as Walt Disney Russia managing director

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MUMBAI: Marina Jigalova-Ozkan has been named Managing Director for The Walt Disney Company (Russia). The announcement was made by Walt Disney International president Andy Bird.

In this capacity, Jigalova-Ozkan will be responsible for driving the company's growth strategy and coordinating all of Disney's business efforts in Russia, which will include overseeing Disney's global brands in the market; expanding existing businesses; and seeking out new business opportunities.

With Jigalova-Ozkan's appointment, Disney will now have its existing businesses in Russia managed locally, with all business segments reporting in to Jigalova-Ozkan, as well as their respective business units. Jigalova-Ozkan will be based in Moscow and will assume her new post on 1 April, 2006.

"We are delighted to bring Marina's knowledge of the Russian media sector and her expertise in building businesses in Russia to Disney as we increase our presence throughout the country. All economic and business indicators point to impressive growth potential for Disney in Russia and Marina's experience will be invaluable as we continue to exploit new business opportunities and contribute to Disney's long term growth," said Bird.

Jigalova-Ozkan joins Disney from Prof Media Moscow, where she served as first deputy general director. Prof Media Holding is the largest private diversified media holding in Russia and whilst there, Jigalova-Ozkan led the management of the group in their launch of new businesses and acquisitions of new media assets, the development and implementation of restructuring programs in both the publishing and radio segments, as well as day-to-day operations.

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