Disney executive Garfield to retire

By Michelle Baran

Randy GarfieldAfter 20 years with Disney, Randy Garfield, president of the Walt Disney Travel Company, will retire in April.

Garfield also has served as executive vice president of worldwide sales and travel operations for Disney Destinations.

Garfield oversees sales and distribution marketing for the Disneyland Resort, Walt Disney World Resort, Disneyland Paris, Hong Kong Disneyland, Disney Cruise Line and Disney Vacation Club, and is responsible for the Disney Institute and Disney Event Group.

He also manages the central reservations and special event/group sales at Disney resort destinations and provides strategic direction to Disney's Sports Enterprises.

There have been many changes at Disney during Garfield’s time with the company, including the introduction of Disney Cruise Line and Adventures by Disney. Over the past two decades, there also has been significant expansion at the parks and resorts.

Prior to Disney, Garfield held various positions at TWA, Royal Viking Line and Universal Studios.

He has served as a member of the U.S. Travel Association board of directors for more than 25 years and as its national chair in 1997.

The U.S. Travel Association inducted Garfield into its U.S. Travel Hall of Leaders in November. 

In 2012, Garfield received a Lifetime Achievement Award from Travel Weekly.

In retirement, Garfield plans to spend more time with his family. He will also serve on the board of the Rocky Mountaineer rail tour company and will continue to remain involved with the efforts of Brand USA and U.S. Travel.

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