Geoff Morell
Geoff Morell

Walt Disney Co. has tapped former BP and Pentagon communications exec Geoff Morell to succeed Zenia Mucha, who is retiring at the end of the year, as its PR chief.

Before joining Disney, she was communications director for former New York Republican Senator Al D’Amato and director of communications for the Empire State’s Governor George Pataki.

Morrell, who will assume the chief corporate affairs officer post, was executive EVP of communications advocacy at the British energy giant.

At Disney, he is responsible for PR, government relations, public policy, charitable giving and environmental issues, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Prior to BP, Morrell was deputy assistant of defense for PR during the Bush II and Obama administrations.

Earlier, he was White House correspondent for Disney’s ABC News property, which he left in 2007 for the Pentagon job.

He joined BP in 2017.