Douglas T. Parrish

Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer

The Walt Disney Internet Group

 

Biography (As of November  2001)

As chief technology officer, Doug Parrish is responsible for overseeing the technology platform, infrastructure and applications for all of The Walt Disney Company's Internet properties. This includes networking infrastructure, web hosting and serving, applications and tool development, and advanced and new technologies development for sites including Disney.com, FamilyFun.com, ESPN.com, ABC.com, ABCNEWS.com, Movies.com, DisneyVacations.com, DisneyStore.com and others.

Parrish joined the Walt Disney Internet Group in June 2001 from Polaroid Corporation, where he served as chief information officer for the company's consumer imaging business and director of Polaroid's worldwide information technology and eBusiness strategy. While there, Parrish developed a three-year strategic plan to transform Polaroid information technology assets and capabilities into an eBusiness platform - leveraging the Internet - to reinvent buying and selling marketplaces, optimize enterprise business processes and improve the overall efficiency of information technology. He also repositioned Polaroid.com as a medium for dealer and end-consumer sales, marketing, commerce and customer service, creating a new technology architecture, improved content publishing capabilities and implementing e-commerce transaction processing.Prior to joining Polaroid in 1998, Parrish served as vice president, information services and chief information officer for three years for Nestlé's Perrier Group of America, and also held a variety of information technology positions from 1981-1994 with the Campbell Soup Company.

Parrish studied computer science and materials engineering at the University of Utah, and is co-author of the "Application Developers Handbook for the AS/400."

 

Walt Disney Internet Group
Walt Disney Internet Group (formerly GO.com) is the online business division of The Walt Disney Company and operates a portfolio of news and entertainment sites, including Disney Online, ESPN.com, ABC.com, and ABCNEWS.com. In addition, Disney Internet builds and maintains Web sites for third parties such as the NBA and NHL, and it operates Disney's direct marketing and online retail operations. The sites attract more than 20 million visitors a month. Disney announced in 2001 it would restructure its online business and close the GO.com search directory.

 

 

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Centralized computing Distributed computing
The Polaroid's turnaround team
From film to imaging workflow business: Polaroid as a software company

Matching technology solutions with business problems Creative destruction and industry mutation (see Schumpeter 1975,83) Stereotyping the Internet Relationship management

 

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