Philippe Gas is General Manager of Shanghai Disney Resort, leading a dynamic and highly-talented group of Cast Members (Disney’s term for employees) across a wide variety of business lines throughout the development and operation phases of the new resort. With over 20 years representing the Disney brand around the world, Philippe has extensive experience and a global understanding of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts.
Philippe’s career at Disney started at Disneyland Paris as a financial controller and opening Cast Member. In his first six years with Disney, Philippe held a variety of positions in Paris before relocating to California in 1997. His first position in the United States was as Director of Corporate Compensation for The Walt Disney Company, and then as Director of International Human Resources.
In 2000 Philippe undertook his first Asia Pacific assignment, as Regional Vice-President of Human Resources for The Walt Disney Company Asia-Pacific. In this position, he oversaw human resources strategy across 13 different countries including Greater China – first based in Tokyo and then in Hong Kong.
In 2004 Philippe returned to Paris, this time as Senior Vice-President of Human Resources for Disneyland Paris. While located in Paris, his responsibilities within the Walt Disney Parks and Resorts organization continued to grow, and in 2005 he became Senior Vice-President of International Human Resources for the entire organization. In 2006 he returned to California to become Executive Vice-President of Global Human Resources, Diversity & Inclusion. In this role, Philippe was responsible for human resources strategy and services for an organization with over 100,000 Cast Members.
In 2008 Philippe again moved back to Paris, to a new role as Chief Executive Officer of Euro Disney S.A.S. In that role, Philippe led the entire team responsible for operating Europe’s number one tourist destination. With approximately 15,000 employees, Philippe capitalized on his human resources background to redefine and reinvent relationships between the Cast Members and the leadership team. He placed particular importance on creating dialogue between parties, making diversity a source of creativity and ensuring that Disneyland Paris remained a place where talents could bloom. In recognition for his success in that role, Philippe was presented with a number of related awards including the Humania Prize, given by one of France’s leading human resources institutes.
While at Euro Disney, Philippe also showed his leadership in the areas of both tourism and real estate development (joint responsibilities of the Euro Disney group). Under his guidance, Disneyland Paris unveiled a series of creative experiences and innovative attractions that have helped it remain the European reference in quality family entertainment. Philippe was also the driving force behind the efforts to strengthen the bonds between Disneyland Paris and the French government, resulting in a new agreement on the next stage of tourism and urban development for the entire area. It was under his leadership that the group’s debt was restructured in order to provide the group with additional financial and operational flexibility.
In August 2014, Philippe transitioned into the role of General Manager of the Shanghai Disney Resort, a joint venture between The Walt Disney Company and a state-owned enterprise under the Shanghai Municipal People’s Government. Phase I of the resort officially opened to the public on June 16, 2016. The resort project is one of the largest foreign invested projects in the history of China, and represents the largest American investment project in China.
Philippe studied law at the University of Paris Assas. Aside from native French and Spanish language skills, Philippe is fluent in English, Danish and German, and is quickly learning Mandarin Chinese. He is married and has a daughter who is studying cinema in California.