Bob Iger was reappointed as Disney’s CEO in November 2022.
Disney’s CEO Bob Iger wanted to keep his office at Disney’s headquarters when Bob Chapek took over.
The office was equipped with a private shower and a vanity, per CNBC.
Chapek reportedly agreed to work from a smaller office on the same floor.
Disney’s CEO Bob Iger was reluctant to part with his office – which had perks like a private shower and vanity – when his successor Bob Chapek was set to take over, CNBC reported Wednesday.
The Disney veteran, who served a nearly 15-year tenure as CEO at the media giant, stepped down from his position in February 2020 and handpicked Bob Chapek to take over the day-to-day running of the company immediately.
Unnamed sources told CNBC that Iger insisted on retaining his office at the company’s headquarters in Burbank, California. He planned to stay on as executive chairman for 22 months as part of the succession plan.
These sources said that he was fond of the private shower and a vanity for shaving that was installed in the office and built for former CEO Michael Eisner. Iger is known for waking up around 4:15 a.m. to work out and shower. When he had to attend events like a Disney premiere, benefit, or award show, he would take a second shower in the evenings at the office, these sources said.
Chapek reportedly indulged his demand by moving into a smaller office on the same floor, per CNBC. But this was just the beginning of a power struggle between the two executives.
Chapek’s tenure was fraught with complications with executives complaining about his leadership style and decisions. Under his leadership, Disney reported a $1.5 billion loss in its streaming business, the company faced backlash from customers over increased theme park prices, and Chapek was also caught in a high-profile legal fight with actress Scarlett Johannson.
Iger officially retired in September 2021 but was reappointed CEO in November 2022 after Chapek was ousted from the company. Iger has agreed to serve two years in the position while he looks for another successor.
Insider reached out to Disney for comment but didn’t immediately hear back.