Effective 27 December 2020, Michael Moriarty will be managing director of Hong Kong Disneyland Resort (HKDL). He will replace Stephanie Young, who is transitioning to president for consumer products, games and publishing at the entertainment giant.
Prior to this, Michael was managing director of Hasbro Far East and senior vice president of global sourcing.
He first joined Disney in 1998 as finance manager for attractions and entertainment at Walt Disney World Resort. During his 14 years at the Walt Disney Company, he held several leadership positions of increasing responsibility, including at Walt Disney World Resort, Walt Disney Imagineering and HKDL.
Between 2009 and 2012, Michael was chief financial officer at HKDL, where he was responsible for finance, treasury and technology during a period of significant expansion that increased the park’s size by 25% with the addition of new lands, attraction and experience.
“I am pleased be returning to the Hong Kong Disneyland Resort and work with the resort team to build upon the strong foundation laid by Stephanie,” he said.
“This is an exciting time for Hong Kong Disneyland Resort with several new developments underway that underscore a commitment to Hong Kong and its people as we look to the future of this great city as a place where tourism will continue to thrive.”
Commenting on Moriarty's appointment, Jill Estorino, president for Disney Parks International said, "This appointment comes at an exciting time as the resort launches its 15th anniversary celebration. With Michael’s extensive experience in finance, commercial strategy and operations, along with his knowledge of the Hong Kong Market and relationships across Asia, the resort will continue to be well positioned to help drive the recovery of the tourism industry in Hong Kong.”
She credited Young with developing the new Marvel-themed attraction "Ant-Man and The Wasp: Nano Battle!" and an increased presence of Marvel at the resort.