In his new role, he will oversee corporate communications, global public policy, government relations, corporate social responsibility (CSR) and environmental, social and governance (ESG).
Morrell was most recently the executive vice-president of communications and advocacy at the global energy company BP and formerly formerly Pentagon press secretary and a White House correspondent for ABC News.
Commenting on the appointment, Disney CEO Bob Chapek said: “In this unique time of industry disruption and social change, it is more important than ever that our consumers, communities, employees, and shareholders understand who we are and what we stand for.
“At the same time, the spheres of communications, corporate governance, social responsibility, government relations and public policy are increasingly interconnected and require a focused, coordinated approach. Geoff is a seasoned, insightful and accomplished public affairs officer, and I am delighted to appoint him to this new role, where he will build on Disney’s already strong reputation”.
Under the new leadership structure, Disney’s head of corporate social responsibility will report to both Morrell and Chapek. A new head of corporate communications will be named following Morrell’s arrival.
Morrell will also hold the title of senior executive VP, replacing Zenia Mucha who will be retiring from Disney shortly after the end of the year.