Disney’s CEO Geoff Morrell is stepping down after three months

Walt Disney Company’s Chief Corporate Affairs Officer Geoff Morrell is resigning, according to an email sent to business executives, FOX Business has confirmed.

Morrell had served in the role for just three months during a period of political unrest for the entertainment company after it sided with Florida’s parenting law in education.

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In an email received by FOX Business, Walt Disney Company CEO Bob Chapek told company executives that Morrell “is leaving the company to pursue other options.”

Morrell told his staff in an email that it has become “clear” that he is not the right fit for the position.

“After three months in this new role, it has become clear to me that for a number of reasons it is not the right thing to do,” Morrell wrote. “After talking about this with Bob, I have decided to leave the company to pursue other options.”

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Geoff Morrell, SVP for US Communications and External Affairs for BP, is photographed in the company’s downtown office. (Photo by Tom Williams / CQ Roll Call) (Photo by Tom Williams / CQ Roll Call / Getty Images)

Morrell previously served as Pentagon press secretary under former President Bush and former President Obama before joining BP America as its 2011 communications chief.

Chapek also announced several changes to the company’s management team.

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Kristina Schake will change to a new role and lead the company’s communication efforts as executive vice president, global communication.

Horacio Gutierrez, attorney general for the Walt Disney Company, will lead the company’s government relations and global public policy efforts.

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