The Walt Disney Company (NYSE: DIS) Board of Directors announced today that it has extended Robert A. Igerâ€™s contract as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer through June 30, 2018. â€œBob Iger is the architect of Disneyâ€™s current success, with a proven history of delivering record financial results for the company quarter after quarter and year after year,â€ said Orin C. Smith, Independent Lead Director of the Disney Board. â€œUnder his tenure, Disney has reached unprecedented creative and financial heights, driving the stock price to record levels and creating extraordinary value for shareholders. He has transformed Disneyâ€™s culture and empowered its businesses to effectively capitalize on evolving markets and new technologies, making Disney a company that doesnâ€™t merely embrace change, but leads it. â€œBy setting a clear business strategy based on producing high-quality branded content, technological innovation and international expansionâ€”and then over-delivering against that strategyâ€”Mr. Iger has repeatedly proven himself to be a highly effective leader able to create long-term shareholder value. Since he became CEO in 2005, total shareholder return has increased to 311%, compared to just 92% for the S&P 500, and Disneyâ€™s market capitalization has risen to $150 billion from $48.4 billion. Mr. Smith continued: â€œMr. Igerâ€™s vision and strategy for the company led to the successful acquisitions of Pixar, Marvel and Lucasfilm, the resurgence of Disney animation, and the dramatic expansion of its parks and resorts around the world, positioning the company for continued long-term growth. Given Mr. Igerâ€™s outstanding record to date, it is obvious that shareholders and the company will be best served by his continued leadership, which is why the Board of Directors has asked him to extend his contract for two years, to June 30, 2018. I am pleased to report that Mr. Iger has accepted. Disney has an incredibly strong senior management team, and the Board is confident in the leadership talent available for succession planning.â€ â€œIâ€™ve had the privilege of being the CEO of this great company for nine years and am thrilled to have the opportunity to continue through June 2018,â€ Mr. Iger said. â€œIâ€™m very excited about what lies ahead, including the release of our Star Wars films and the launch of Shanghai Disneyland, and Iâ€™m honored to continue working with our talented management team and the 175,000 dedicated people who make this company what it is today.â€ The extension of Mr. Igerâ€™s contract through June 30, 2018 maintains the same annual compensation terms as his existing contract. In addition, Mr. Iger will have the opportunity to earn a performance-based retention bonus if certain financial performance goals are met over a five-year period ending with fiscal year 2018. Details will be filed tomorrow in a Report on Form 8-K. Since Mr. Iger, 63, became CEO, The Walt Disney Company has repeatedly been recognized as one of the â€œMost Reputable Companiesâ€ in both America and the world by Forbes magazine (2006-2014); one of â€œAmericaâ€™s Most Admired Companiesâ€ by Fortune magazine (2009-2014); one of the â€œWorldâ€™s Most Respected Companiesâ€ by Barronâ€™s (2009-2014); and as â€œCompany of the Yearâ€ by Yahoo Finance (2013).