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Jayne Parker (business executive)

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Mary Jayne Parker (born 1962) is an American businesswoman and the chief human resources officer (CHRO) of The Walt Disney Company.[1][2] Parker reports to chairman and chief executive officer Bob Iger.[3]

Early life and education[edit]

Born and raised in Florida,[4] Parker earned undergraduate degrees in communications and education, a master's degree in instructional design and technology, and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Central Florida.[5]


Parker began her career as a consultant with the Wilson Learning Corporation.[6] Parker was hired by Disney in 1988 and has held a variety of roles, including founder of Disney Institute, Manager and Director of Disney University, Director and Vice President of Organization Improvement, Vice President of Organization and Professional Development, and Senior Vice President of Human Resources, Diversity and Inclusion. She also served as a member of the Executive Committee for Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. In September 2009, Parker was named Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer for the company.[7][8]

During her tenure as CHRO, Parker launched a women's initiative to achieve a global workforce of over 50% women, a companywide Hispanic initiative, a bi-annual employee engagement survey, and the "Disney Aspire" initiative that covers 100% of the cost of tuition for all 80,000 hourly employees at Disney (for high school, technical college, university, and vocational training).[9][10] For her role at Disney, Parker receives a total compensation and stock awards of $5,090,560.[11]

Parker serves on the boards of the American Society for Training & Development and The Conference Board.


Educational products developed by Parker were awarded first and second place by the International Television & Video Almanac. In 2010, Parker received the Distinguished Alumna Award from the University of Central Florida. 2015, Parker was the recipient of the Executive Advocate for Women in Leadership Award from the Women in Leadership Institute.[12] Parker was also named to the Women Human Resources Leaders Fortune 150.


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  8. "Employment Agreeement - Jayne Parker". www.sec.gov. Retrieved 2019-03-16.
  9. Company, The Walt Disney. "Disney Invests in Employees' Futures with Unprecedented Education Program". 3blmedia.com. Retrieved 2019-03-16.
  10. "Disney Launches New Investment in Employee Education". The Aspen Institute. 2018-08-21. Retrieved 2019-03-16.
  11. Editorial, Reuters. "Stock Quotes & Company News | Reuters.com". U.S. Retrieved 2019-03-16.
  12. "Disney's Jayne Parker Selected to Receive Executive Advocate for Women in Leadership Award | Linkage, Inc". Retrieved 2019-03-16.

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