Robert Iger is chairman and CEO of The Walt Disney Company. Prior to this position, he served as president and CEO beginning October 2005 and president and COO from 2000 to 2005. Iger officially joined the Disney senior management team in 1996 as chairman of the Disney-owned ABC Group and in 1999 was given the additional responsibility of president, Walt Disney International. In that role, Iger expanded Disney's presence outside of the United States, establishing the blueprint for the company's international growth today. As chairman of the ABC Group, Iger oversaw the broadcast television network and station group, cable television properties, and guided the merger between Capital Cities/ABC, Inc. and The Walt Disney Company. He began his career at ABC in 1974.