Bob Iger, Chairman & CEO of Disney, OHS Class of ’69

Bob Iger, Chairman & CEO, The Walt Disney Company, Oceanside High School Graduate, Class of '69 SailorsBob Iger, Chairman & CEO of Disney, recently shared with us memories of his days as an Oceanside Sailor. While it has been almost 50 years since he graduated from Oceanside High School, Iger said his memories remain so vivid to him and his fondness for the school and town is considerable. 

“The time I spent at Oceanside High School represents one of the happiest moments of my life. Not only did I receive a great education, but I made life-long friendships, and I brought with me life-lasting memories. 

Oceanside High School occupies an important place in my heart, because it was a very special place for me, during a very special time in my life and in the world. To this day, I am thankful to my teachers and my fellow students, who played an important role in my life.”

                                                                                                                     Bob Iger, Chairman & CEO, The Walt Disney Company

*After Hurricaine Sandy, Iger helped his hometown recover by arranging for his childhood school, Fulton Avenue School #8, to receive a gift of an “Imagination Playground.”.   Source: Newsday 

Photo: © 2015 Bloomberg Finance

About Robert Iger

A Success Story

Bob Iger is considered one of the greatest CEOs of our time. During his tenure as Chairman and CEO of The Walt Disney Company, Iger strategically and successfully acquired Pixar, Marvel Entertainment, and Lucasfilm and was responsible for the international expansion of theme parks in East Asia resulting in historic and revolutionary growth, earnings, and success for the company.

Under his leadership, the Walt Disney Company has been recognized as one of the “Most Reputable Companies” in both America and the world by Forbes magazine (2006-2017); one of “America’s Most Admired Companies” by Fortune    magazine (2009-2017); one of the “World’s Most Respected Companies” by Barron’s (2009-2016); one of the “Best Places to Launch a Career” by BusinessWeek magazine (2006-2010); and as “Company of the Year” by Yahoo Finance (2013).

Iger has been named one of Fortune magazine’s “25 Most Powerful People in Business” (2006, 2007); one of the “Top Gun CEOs” by Forbes magazine (2009); one of the “Best CEOs” by Institutional Investor magazine (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011); MarketWatch CEO of the Year (2006); and “CEO of the Year” by Chief Executive (2014).

Iger joined the Apple board of directors in November 2011. He also serves on the boards of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum and Bloomberg Philanthropies. In 2012, Iger became a member of the Academy of Arts & Sciences, one of the nation’s most prestigious honorary societies, which recognizes some of the world’s most accomplished scholars, scientists, writers, artists, and civic, corporate, and philanthropic leaders.

Married to Willow Bay since 1995, Iger has two sons, Max and William. He also has two daughters, Kathleen and Amanda, from a previous marriage.

Source: The Walt Disney Company

Early Days

Fortune and Forbes magazines consistently name him one of the most powerful men in media but he humbly refers to himself as “Bobby from Oceanside.” Riding a bicycle through his Ocean Lea neighborhood to the Red Store, walking with School #8 classmates to Nathan’s and playing recreation basketball for the beloved Bill Zener are fond recollections Bob has of the community which has remained near and dear to his heart.*

Iger was born in New York City and raised in Oceanside. His parents, Arthur and Mimi Iger, were important figures within the Oceanside community. In addition to being an advertising and publishing executive, college professor (NYIT), and author, Iger’s father served on Oceanside’s Board of Education for many years while Iger’s mother worked at Boardman Junior High as a teaching assistant. Both were models of civic responsibility and both demonstrated the importance of hard work, dedication, and service.

Iger attended Fulton Avenue School #8 Elementary School, Boardman Junior High and Oceanside High School. At high school, he was regarded as a popular and charismatic leader.  Just by looking through his senior yearbook, one could see he had the personality, the integrity, the empathy and emotional intelligence, the grit, and the drive that would eventually lead him to becoming one of the most successful, sincere, and beloved CEOs of our time. 

*Source: Legendary Locals of Oceanside by Richard Woods

His High School activities included: President of Key Club, Yearbook Sports Editor, Student Court Justice, G.O. Congressman, G.O. Cabinet, Human Relations Club, The Crucible, Future Physicians of America, Varsity Sports Announcer, and Intramurals Softball.

Having a multitude of interests and talents, his extracurricular participation resulted in contributions in community service, government, the arts, journalism and sports. It’s no surprise that his peers nominated him as “Most Enthusiastic” – a leadership trait in which he stands by today …“What I have really learned over time is that optimism is a very, very important part of leadership” .

Pursuing a career in broadcasting, Iger graduated from Ithaca College (magna cum laude) in 1973. In 1974 he accepted a position at ABC and steadily worked his way up within the corporation developing a reputation as a hard-working, dependable, strategic, visionary leader and top performing business executive. More on Career Achievements.

Sources: Legendary Locals of Oceanside by Richard Woods, Spindrift Yearbook 1969