Managing Director The Walt Disney Company SEA
Robert Gilby is Managing Director, The Walt Disney Company South East Asia. Based in Singapore, Mr. Gilby is responsible for leading all Disney business divisions across the Southeast Asia region with a focus on Indonesia, Thailand, the Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore and Vietnam.
Expanding Disney's portfolio of leading brands such as Disney, Marvel, Pixar and Lucasfilm internationally is a cornerstone of Disney’s worldwide growth strategy. By fully integrating Disney's businesses across Film, Television, Consumer Products, Publishing, Music, Games and Interactive Media under Mr. Gilby’s leadership, the company aims to harness the significant consumer growth across the region and connect fans with Disney's branded experiences, stories and characters.
Mr. Gilby joined The Walt Disney Company in January 2006, based in London as Managing Director of Disney Channels in the United Kingdom, Scandinavia & Emerging Markets. In this role, he had overall responsibility for leading Disney Channels’ network portfolio. From January 2008, he relocated to Hong Kong as Managing Director for Disney Media Distribution Asia Pacific. In this role he was a driving force for extraordinary growth for Disney Media Distribution's content distribution business, working collaboratively with broadcast, platform and digital partners throughout the region to develop new, innovative business models and delivery methods across the Disney and ABC Studio content portfolio.
Prior to Disney, Mr. Gilby worked at Turner Broadcasting Systems Asia Pacific where he was Vice President, Network Development and Strategic Marketing responsible for all marketing and production activities for Cartoon Network, Boomerang, Pogo and Turner Classic Movies across Asia Pacific. He joined Turner in 2000 as Head of Business Development in Asia Pacific responsible for strategy, M&A, new channel & digital business development for Turner's portfolio including CNN Asia Pacific and China Entertainment Television.
Mr. Gilby is currently Chairman of the Advisory Board for the Singapore Media Festival, and a member of the Board of Directors of Media Development Authority of Singapore. He has also served on the Board of Directors of CASBAA in the Asia Pacific region, The Movie Network Channels in Australia and UTV Software in India. A qualified Chartered Accountant and strategy consultant, he started his career with PricewaterhouseCoopers’ Entertainment & Media group and has worked in London, Hong Kong and Tokyo.