Who Will Iger Pick to Run the Disney Empire?

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March 12 (Bloomberg) -- Bloomberg Industries' Paul Sweeney and S&P Capital IQ's Tuna Amobi discuss who the top candidates are to replace Bob Iger as CEO of Walt Disney Co. They speak with Trish Regan on Bloomberg Television's "Street Smart." (Source: Bloomberg)

What would you say?

Who are the leading candidates?

Class i think if you hold most institutional investors, they would tell you it is neck and neck.

Bob iger's has done a very credible job and an orderly job over the last several years grooming these two individuals to one they assume the ceo post.

If you pull the institutional investors, -- they want to see someone internally.

Someone who is already been in the seat at disney.

Can we clarify this?

Sure.

I was extremely surprised like everyone else.

I did not see this quite frankly coming.

It does clarify the succession rate and i would agree with paul it seems like a horse race now.

I am curious the back story on this.

Do you think this was of her choosing?

She wants to become a director.

Do you believe that or do you think bob was trying to narrow the field?

Quest it was probably the former.

Indications are she is leaving momentarily.

I recall when her contact -- contract was up prior to this, she got a one-year extension to figure out what she wanted to do.

That is how we got to this position.

It is credible when she said she wants to step away and do some indifferent.

Class who are external candidates people are considering most?

Class i think, you know, there have not been to many.

One name out there that is fairly intriguing is sheryl sandberg of facebook.

Class it is intriguing.

But, a media company like disney?

Versus what she has a net facebook?

Are they really come pop -- comparable?

Price facebook is a media company in the sense it is advertising driven.

You think about the internet and internet media companies.

Facebook is completely advertising driven.

Fairly business.

It is an intriguing suggestion, out-of-the-box, and at the end of the day, what we have seen at disney would probably suggest not.

They are orderly.

I think they have this pretty well planned out.

In other words, jay or tom.

Class i would not rule it out potentially.

Cheryl's name has come up.

When you -- when michael left, they talked to a number of external members.

Class that they went with internal.

Quest the reasoning is because disney has an unusually very deep bench of candidates.

Quest that is the culture.

Disney, an incredible culture

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