Anne returned to her role as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Disney Consumer Products (DCP) in October 2009. She is responsible for DCP’s finance and accounting functions and leads budgetary and strategic planning reviews. Gates also oversees franchise development and management, the North America Sales team, and the division’s information technology function. Previously, Anne was Executive Vice President and Managing Director, Europe and Emerging Markets. She was responsible for all merchandise licensing and support functions for DCP’s European region, which consists of United Kingdom; France; Benelux; Iberia; GAS (includes Germany, Austria, Switzerland); Nordic and Italy. In addition, Gates was responsible for DCP’s Emerging Markets in Asia, Europe and Latin America and oversaw the Disney Store Europe.
Anne’s experience at The Walt Disney Company began in 1991 as a Senior Manager for Operations and Planning. In 1993, she was promoted to Vice President, Division Finance and Planning and was named Vice President, Planning and Business Development at Disney Interactive in 1997. Following an assignment as vice president, Operations Planning, The Walt Disney Company, Anne was promoted to Senior Vice President and named DCP’s Chief Financial Officer in 2000. She was promoted again to Executive Vice President in 2001. Prior to joining Disney, Anne worked for PepsiCo. Her roles included a position as manager, Business Development for KFC International, based in London, for Europe, Middle East and Africa.
Anne received a bachelor of arts in mathematics from the University of California, Berkeley and a master of science in operations research from Columbia University. Anne was a JSA leader at Cubberley High School in Palo Alto and attended the Junior Statesmen Summer School at UC Davis.