Horacio Gutierrez Hired as New Walt Disney General Counsel

Disney CEO Bob Chapek Dec. 22 announced the hiring of Horacio Gutierrez as the media giant’s new senior EVP, general counsel and secretary.

Gutierrez, who joins Disney from Spotify, where he served as head of global affairs and chief legal officer, replaces Alan Braverman, who announced in July he would be retiring after nearly two decades as general counsel. Gutierrez begins his new position on Feb. 1, 2022, reporting directly to Chapek.

Horacio Gutierrez

“Horacio is an incredibly skilled attorney and dynamic leader who comes to Disney with 35 years of legal experience in markets around the globe,” Chapek said in a statement. “Having spent more than two decades working for premier technology companies, he has an extensive understanding of the complex legal questions that come with technological disruption and rapid industry change”

Gutierrez will oversee Disney’s team of attorneys responsible for all aspects of the company’s legal affairs globally and acting as a strategic advisor to executive leadership and the board of directors. His areas of accountability will include litigation, compliance, transactional law, securities law, regulatory matters, privacy protection, global ethics, and patent, copyright and trademark issues, among others.

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Prior to joining Spotify, Gutierrez was VP and general counsel for Microsoft, overseeing the company’s legal affairs, including support of the complete lifecycle of Microsoft’s products and services, from research and development to business development activities, M&A, litigation, legal compliance and cybercrime prevention.

Gutierrez holds a master of laws degree from Harvard Law School; a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Miami School of Law; and a bachelor of laws degree and post-graduate diploma in corporate and commercial law from Universidad Católica Andrés Bello in Caracas, Venezuela.