Jeff Mirich, The Walt Disney Studios

February 1, 2011 · Posted in Conference Chair 

Jeff Mirich
SVP/CIO
The Walt Disney Company

Jeff Mirich has been the Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer for The Walt Disney Studios since early 2002. He is responsible for leading the Studio’s IT organization to provide business & technology systems that support the Studio’s Film, Music, Live Stage, Production, Post Production, Marketing, and Distribution business unit operations on a global scale.  Jeff is currently focused on an initiative to drive supply-chain standardization for the film industry while exploring opportunities for establishing cross-studio shared-system platforms to increase efficiency and drive down operational costs.

The Walt Disney Corporation is focused on expanding and enhancing their premiere family entertainment products, services, and content offerings and increasing global market presence and relevance through the use of innovative technology applications, creative tools, and new distribution platforms. The movie industry is in the middle of a rapid transition to digital production and distribution processes and Jeff is a key leader of this transition at the Walt Disney Studios and within the industry. He is a board member on UCLA Anderson School’s IS Associates and WINMEC University-Industry Partnership, USC’s ETC/IMF sponsorship group,  HP’s Communications Media & Entertainment Board of Advisors, the CIO Leadership Network, Southern California CIO Executive Summit Board, The Business Forum, The Hollywood IT Society,  and serves on Sierra Ventures CIO Advisory Board.

Jeff joined Disney in late 1997 as the CIO of Imagineering. Prior to joining Disney Jeff enjoyed an 19-year career with Northrop Grumman Corporation where he held managerial positions in Information Systems, Engineering, Manufacturing, Business Development, Research & Development, and Mergers and Acquisitions.  During Jeff’s tenure at Northrop he led the development and implementation of their 3-D paperless computer aided design and manufacturing processes and helped spearhead industry and government engineering design practices and data interchange standards. Jeff holds a bachelor degree in Industrial Technology from California State University at Long Beach and a master’s degree in management from the University of Redlands.

Jeff is a native of Southern California; living in Seal Beach with his wife Charlene .He enjoys surfing, snow and waterskiing, and racing anything with an engine and a throttle. He regularly lectures at local universities on topics ranging from Information Technology to Intellectual Property management within the Media and Entertainment Industry.

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