The Mouse House has reached into its international ranks to find a global leader for Disney Channel.
Carolina Lightcap has been tapped to succeed Rich Ross as president of Disney Channels Worldwide. Lightcap, who had been senior vice president of programming and creative affairs and CMO of Disney Channels Latin America, takes over for Ross, who was elevated to chairman of Walt Disney Studios in October.
Lightcap will relocate to Burbank, Calif. from Buenos Aires and report directly to Anne Sweeney, co-chair, Disney Media Networks and President, Disney/ABC Television Group.
At Disney Channels Latin America, Lightcap, who joined the group in 2000, is credited with transforming Disney Channel from a premium to a basic-cable channel, and making it into a ratings leader in the region. During her tenure there, she served in different marketing roles, before being promoted to CMO in 2006.
Her career also includes stints as vice president of programming, sales and marketing for Sky Latin America Partners. She also worked at Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment and Fox Latin American Channel.
"Carolina has made enormous contributions to Disney over the past decade, especially in launching and building Disney Channel Latin America into the No. 1 cable channel in the region," said Sweeney in a statement. "She's a highly respected member of our global team and her wealth of experience, leadership acumen and programming, marketing and franchise building skills make her the ideal executive to lead Disney Channels Worldwide into the future."
Sweeney also praised Marsh's contributions: "[Gary's] unique vision helped define Disney Channel as a global leader in kid and family entertainment while fueling a content bonanza for other areas of our company. With Gary's creative vision and Carolina's leadership, I have no doubt Disney Channel will remain at the forefront of our industry for years to come."