As the senior operating executive for 10 years, Cockerell led a team of 40,000 employees and was responsible for the operations of 20 resort hotels, four theme parks, two water parks, a shopping and entertainment village, and a sports and recreation complex - in addition to the ancillary operations that supported the number one vacation destination in the world.
He has also held various executive positions in the hospitality and entertainment business with Hilton Hotels for eight years and the Marriott Corporation for 17 years before joining Disney in 1990 to open the Disneyland Paris project.
He retired in 2006 and authored a book on leadership, management, and service excellence.
For more information about Lee Cockerell, please visit http://www.leecockerell.com. The title of his presentation on Oct. 29 will be: "Lessons in Leadership…YOU Too Can Create Disney Magic."