Executive Vice President & Chief Technology Officer, Direct-To-Consumer & International, The Walt Disney Company
As the Chief Technology Officer, Direct-to-Consumer and International (DTCI), The Walt Disney Company, Aaron LaBerge is responsible for driving the technological vision and strategic leadership for a global organization charged with keeping The Walt Disney Company at the forefront of serving consumers around the world, advancing the company’s culture of innovation and building industry-leading products, services, and infrastructure that deliver the entertainment and sports content consumers around the world want, with choice, personalization and convenience.
Innovation through the adoption of technology has been a hallmark throughout Disney’s history, and under LaBerge the DTCI Technology teams are responsible for the development, engineering, and deployment of consumer-facing digital products for the company globally, as well as advertising technology, ESPN and Disney/ABC Television Group (DATG) broadcast and production technology, and consumer data technology. He and his teams work with divisions across the company to create exceptional experiences for consumers; develop and manage large scale technological solutions and standards; unleash the benefits The Walt Disney Company’s world-class technological infrastructure and media facilities; and create next-generation data, video and audio platforms.
LaBerge reports to Kevin Mayer, Chairman, DTCI and works in close coordination with other technology leaders across The Walt Disney Company, including Parks, Experiences, and Consumer Products, Enterprise Technology, Walt Disney Studios, and Disney Streaming Services. Collectively, they shape the strategic use of technology to drive companywide growth, drive use of data to engage and entertain consumers, leverage shared services to reduce risk and maximize best practice, and utilize Disney’s size and scale while developing and integrating key technologies into new and expanded areas of business.
A passionate technologist, innovator, comic book aficionado, and an avid sports fan, LaBerge was previously Executive Vice President and CTO, ESPN since 2015. At ESPN he played an instrumental role in the growth of ESPN’s consumer-facing digital media products and services – leading many of ESPN’s most ambitious and challenging projects and helping establish ESPN’s position as the leader in digital sports and new technology development. He was a key architect in the design, development and engineering of ESPN’s state-of-the-art facilities in Bristol, Conn., Los Angeles, Charlotte, NC and Austin, Texas, as well as data centers and infrastructure that connect ESPN facilities around the world, and the technology design and development to support the industry-leading launch of the multi-platform SEC Network.
LaBerge had two stints at ESPN, separated by six years as a technology entrepreneur and CEO of Fanzter Inc., a venture-funded consumer software and digital product development company, which he co-founded in 2007. At Fanzter, he directed all operations and led the development and launch of a variety of consumer-focused internet and mobile products, ground-breaking social technologies and more.
During his original stint at ESPN, LaBerge he was a key leader in the growth and development of integrated technology solutions that help power, deliver and enhance content across all media. He was responsible for managing company-wide digital technology initiatives and product development. In this role, he oversaw ESPN’s pioneering work in online and mobile video, digital streaming technology, fantasy sports and more.
He first joined The Walt Disney Company in 1997, through Disney’s acquisition of Starwave Ventures, the company that produced ESPN’s earliest Internet products. Before joining Starwave, he worked as a senior software engineer at Renaissance Interactive, an early Internet development and consulting firm, specializing in publishing and content management systems.
LaBerge is a native of Charleston, S.C. and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical and computer engineering from the University of South Carolina. He lives in Connecticut and spends significant time working in New York, Los Angeles and other locations.