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Former Disney Chairman, Alumnus Dick Cook, Set for Marshall YPO Luncheon
Event Will be Held at 12:30 p.m. on Friday, April 2, in JKP 202
March 29, 2010 • by News at Marshall

Dick Cook, Trojan family member and business leader, will be on campus on Friday, April, 2, to speak to Marshall Students and members of the Young Presidents Organization as part of the YPO-WPO Spring Lunch Series. Seating is open to the first 60 guests.

As former chairman of The Walt Disney Studios, Dick Cook oversaw all aspects of the development, production, distribution and marketing for all live-action and animated films released under the Walt Disney Pictures, Touchstone Pictures, Hollywood Pictures and Miramax banners worldwide. He was also responsible for Disney's worldwide home entertainment operations under Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment, as well as Walt Disney Music Group, Walt Disney Theatrical Productions, Disney-ABC Domestic Television, Disney-ABC International Television, the Studio’s legal and business affairs and all areas of new technology.

A 38-year Disney veteran, Cook began his career in 1970 at Disneyland in Anaheim, where he was a ride operator on the park’s steam locomotives and monorail. Within a year, he became a representative in the Disneyland sales department and three years later was promoted to department manager. In 1977, Cook moved to The Walt Disney Studios in Burbank to serve as manager of pay television and non-theatrical releases. In this capacity, he was responsible for Disney’s first entry into the burgeoning world of cable television, developing what would become The Disney Channel.

A graduate of USC, Cook has served his alma mater as a Trustee, President of the USC Alumni Association, and a member of the USC Marshall Board of Leaders. He is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, was president of The Chandler School Board of Trustees and past chairman of the Flintridge Preparatory School Board of Trustees, and sits on the board of governors for the Carolwood Society, and on the board of directors for the Will Rogers Foundation and the Foundation of Motion Picture Pioneers. In 1976, the Freedoms Foundation of Valley Forge awarded him with the prestigious George Washington Medal of Freedom. Most recently, Cook was recognized by Variety -The Children's Charity of Southern California with the 2006 Lifetime Achievement Award.

The event will be held at 12:30 p.m. on Friday, April 2, in JKP 202. For more information on the YPO, please visit: or contact Daniel Altmann at

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