Wanda Group hires former Disney executive in battle over Chinese theme parks

Los Angeles Times 

The battle to dominate China's theme park industry is heating up with Chinese conglomerate Dalian Wanda Group hiring a former Disney executive to oversee its theme parks. Wanda, which operates two domestic parks, has hired Andrew Kam, the former head of Hong Kong Disneyland, to be vice president of Wanda's Cultural Tourism Group. The position puts Kam in charge of the Bejing company's Wanda Cultural Tourism City in Nanchang and Wuhan Wanda Movie Park in Wuhan. The company's chairman, Wang Jianlin, also has promised to build nearly a dozen more parks. The move to hire Kam looks like a shot at Disney because Jianlin ridiculed Disney's 5.5-billion Shanghai theme park before it opened in June.


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