Geoff Morrell is Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Corporate Affairs Officer of The Walt Disney Company. He assumed the newly-created role in January 2022 and now resides in Los Angeles. Prior to joining Disney, Mr. Morrell served as Executive Vice President of Communications & Advocacy at BP and was a member of the global energy company’s leadership team. From 2007 to 2011, Mr. Morrell served as Pentagon Press Secretary and Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs, serving as the chief spokesman for Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates and the U.S. military. He was appointed by President George W. Bush and continued to serve under President Barack Obama, and for his service to both administrations he was awarded the Medal for Distinguished Public Service, the highest honor the Department of Defense can give to a political appointee. He is a graduate of Georgetown University and received his Master’s degree in Journalism from Columbia University.