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Christine M. McCarthy

Independent Director since:

Audit, Compensation & Leadership Development

Age as of Most Recent Nomination:

Christine M. McCarthy

Strategic Advisor and Former Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of The Walt Disney Company

Ms. McCarthy is a Strategic Advisor at The Walt Disney Company (global entertainment), having previously served as Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer from 2015 to June 2023.

Prior to her appointment as CFO, she held positions of increasing responsibility at Disney, serving as Executive Vice President, Corporate Real Estate, Alliances and Treasurer from 2005 to 2015, after joining Disney as Senior Vice President and Treasurer in 2000. Ms. McCarthy previously served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Imperial Bancorp from 1997 to 1999.

From 1981 to 1996, she held various positions at First Interstate, rising to be Executive Vice President, Finance in 1993. Ms. McCarthy currently serves on the Board of Trustees of the Carnegie Institution for Science, an independent research institution dedicated to advancing scientific investigation, research, and discovery in service of humankind.

She has also served on the boards of numerous other civic and educational organizations, including Phoenix House of California, Inc., the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association, UCLA Anderson School of Management, and Smith College.


Ms. McCarthy’s more than 30 years of experience in Finance, including service as CFO of The Walt Disney Company, enable her to contribute to the Board her extensive understanding of complex financial analysis and reporting for a global, consumer-facing company.

Further, her experience at Disney and leadership of its Brand and Franchise Management groups affords her valuable perspective on the Consumer Industry and long-term brand building. In addition, as CFO, Ms. McCarthy led Disney’s strategy and merger & acquisition teams. She was a core member of Disney’s acquisition teams for more than 20 years and worked on and led significant deals outside of the United States.

In her oversight of Disney’s worldwide finance organization, which included corporate real estate, corporate alliances and partnerships, enterprise controllership, investor relations, risk management, tax, and treasury, Ms. McCarthy had Global responsibilities and experience, including supervision of Disney’s global enterprise technology, global security, and cybersecurity groups.

She also oversaw the Disney Accelerator, a business development program designed to advance the growth of innovative companies from around the world. This significant scope and experience provide her with extensive Leadership, Strategy, and Risk Management skills and valuable Corporate Governance experience.