Meet More of Dealerscope's 40 Under 40
Here's the fourth installment of Dealerscope's annual 40 Under 40 listing of the CE industry's rising stars. Each year, our readers nominate their most impressive young employees as a way of highlighting the intelligence, acumen, drive, experience and fresh ideas they bring to an industry that needs those qualities now more than ever. Make sure to check out our June edition for the full report.
Chris Heatherly, 35
GM & Vice President, Toys & Electronics, North America, Disney Consumer
Education: B.A., Journalism, University of Texas at Austin
Why: In his work at Power Computing, frog design and now Disney, Heatherly teams expertise in design and communications with a passion for technology. He grew Disney's CE business from initial concept to market (in 2003) to a $300 million global business. He has overseen the development and launch of Disney's Mix Max (2004), Mix Stick (2005), consumer robots Ultimate Wall-E and Ultimate Buzz (2009) Lightyear, and the Netpal netbook (2009). He also led Disney's biggest licensing program ever with "Toy Story 3" and is prepping a new fall launch for "Tron."
Greatest Business Achievement: "Starting the Disney electronics group and all the things that have come from that."
Best Recession Lesson: "You can't freak out and let everybody's fears creep into your decision making. Sticking to your guns when it comes to long-term strategic investment and R&D is very critical, even if it's
very tempting in the short term to cut back."