Nelson Peltz Grew Impatient With Disney's Turnaround Efforts Due to Slow Progress and Declining Share Price

A billionaire investor and activist shareholder, Nelson Peltz, grew impatient with Disney’s turnaround efforts due to slow progress and a declining share price. Peltz, who owns a 1% stake in Disney, launched a proxy fight in January 2023 to gain a seat on the company’s board of directors. He argued that Disney needed to change its business model significantly to remain competitive in the streaming era.

Peltz’s proxy fight was unsuccessful, but it did force Disney to take action. The company announced a number of cost-cutting measures and strategic changes, including a reorganization of its streaming business. 

However, these changes were not enough to satisfy Peltz.

In June 2023, Peltz announced that he was withdrawing from the proxy fight. He said that he was “encouraged” by Disney’s changes, but he also expressed concern about the company’s “slow pace of change.”

There are a number of reasons why Peltz may have grown impatient with Disney’s turnaround efforts:

  1. The company’s share price has declined significantly since Bob Chapek became CEO in February 2020.
  2. Disney faces increasing competition from streaming giants like Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, and HBO Max.
  3. Disney needs help to profit from its streaming business.

It is still being determined whether Disney’s turnaround efforts will be successful. The company is facing a number of challenges, and it will need to make significant changes to its business model to remain competitive.

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