Disney’s channel chief latest Mouseketeer to hit the road

September 15, 2011

For the second time this month, a senior Disney executive is heading for the exits.

The head of Disney Channels Worldwide, Carolina Lightcap, resigned from the company on Thursday after less than two years in the job overseeing the Disney Channel, Disney XD and Disney Junior cable networks.

Disney didn’t give a reason. In a statement released by the company, Lightcap said “the timing is perfect to move on to my next challenge.”

Lightcap started with Disney in Latin America and relocated to Los Angeles from Argentina for her current job. She spent 11 years with the company.

Gary Marsh, chief creative officer for Disney Channels, will take over Lightcap’s┬árunning of day-to-day operations while keeping his current role. Marsh is the creative force behind Disney Channel hits such as “Hannah Montana,” “High School Musical” and “Phineas and Ferb,” Disney/ABC television chief Anne Sweeney said in a statement.

Lightcap’s sudden departure follows the resignation this month of Andrew Mooney, head of Disney’s consumer products division. Mooney, a well-regarded executive who ran the unit for 12 years, said he was leaving to pursue leadership opportunities at other companies. No word yet on where he will land. Studio distribution chief Robert Chapek will fill Mooney’s job.

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