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Buena Vista Home Entertainment International Announces Senior Vice President/Deputy General Manager of Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA).

BURBANK, Calif. -- Buena Vista Home Entertainment International (BVHEI) has appointed Jerome Le Grand to the newly created position of Senior Vice President/Deputy General Manager of Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), it was announced today.

In his new role, Le Grand will be working with Julie Sneddon as a key partner within her new management team and will be reporting directly to her. "I'm delighted to welcome Jerome to our team in the European Regional Office. His in-depth understanding of the global home entertainment business will prove invaluable as we grow and develop the market across Europe. This, combined with his dynamism, enthusiasm and analytical attributes make him an ideal candidate for the role," said Julie Sneddon, Senior Vice President/General Manager of Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA).

Le Grand's responsibilities will include the management of the following departments: Finance, Operations/ESCO, Commercial Planning and Distribution, Emerging Markets Group for the EMEA. He will also serve as business contact for our European Legal Department. He will be charged with assisting and driving the growth of each area to new and greater heights.

"Over the past five years, Jerome has led the charge in the successful development and execution of our strategy. As Jerome joins the European Regional Office, I have no doubt that his excellent judgement and financial acumen will play a pivotal role in helping to further accomplish and exceed our goals," commented Dennis Maguire, President of Buena Vista Home Entertainment International.

Le Grand joined Disney (NYSE:DIS) in 1996 as a Sr. Financial Analyst at BVI. When promoted to Vice President in 2000, he took on the dual role of overseeing Finance and Planning for both BVI and BVHEI. In 2005, he was promoted to Senior Vice President Finance, Sales Planning and Distribution for Buena Vista Home Entertainment International (BVHEI) and Finance and Sales Planning for Buena Vista International (BVI), where his revamping of the International Finance Organization has helped guide both divisions to record setting years.

Le Grand, a native of Paris, France, joined Disney from Andersen Consulting. He was based in France and later Spain from 1990 to 1994. He holds an MBA from the Wharton School of Business, a B.A. from La Sorbonne, and is a graduate from ESSEC.
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