Kristina Schake | Influence 100

Kristina Schake

EVP Global Communications



Disney’s comms function has seen its share of tumult since the departure of Zenia Mucha, the company’s formidable CCO and corporate comms leader who left the storied company at the end of 2021 after nearly 20 years. In April 2022, Mucha’s successor, former BP comms chief Geoff Morrell, stepped down from his role leading corporate affairs, saying the position was “not the right fit.” His exit role coincided with Disney’s high-profile conflict with Florida Gov. Ron De Santis over the state’s attack on gay and trans rights.

With Morrell’s exit, Kristina Schake, who joined Disney just a month before, assumed leadership of global communications — half of the duties that previously belonged to her former boss. General counsel Horacio Gutierrez took on oversight of government relations.

Schake spent three decades working in government, media, business, entertainment, and technology before joining Disney. Most recently, she led the Biden administration’s Covid-19 vaccine education campaign and was Instagram’s global communications director before that Schake previously was deputy communications director for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign and served in the Obama administration as special assistant to the president and communications director to the first lady.