Executives After Hours is a regular podcast hosted by employee well-being expert Dr James Kelley. Engage Me Online has partnered with the podcast to ensure that you, the reader, get access to the thoughts of leading corporate executives from around the globe.
In this episode, James talks with Lee Cockerel. The two talk about a host of topics, from Cockerel’s less-than-stellar upbringing, to his evolution and everything in between.
Cockerel retired as the Executive Vice President of Operations for the WALT DISNEY WORLD® Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, a position he held for 10 years.
His responsibilities encompassed a diverse mix of operations, which included 20 resort hotels with more than 24 000 Guest rooms, four theme parks, two water parks, five golf courses, a shopping village and nighttime entertainment complex, the ESPN Sports Complex, and the ancillary operations support functions.
Cockerel joined the Disney organization in July 1990 as Director of Food and Beverage and Quality Assurance for the Disneyland Paris hotels.
Prior to joining the Walt Disney World Co., he spent 17 years in various executive positions with the Marriott Corporation and eight years with Hilton Hotels.
Cockerel is the best-selling author of four books on leadership, management, and world class customer service.