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Disney Interactive co-president resigns admidst group consolidation

John Pleasants leaves group in the hands of Jimmy Pitaro

Disney Interactive co-president John Pleasants has announced his resignation from the firm.

The company confirmed Monday plans to merge game and online operations within the group, which will be placed under the control of Jimmy Pitaro, who had previously been working jointly with Pleasants.

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Walt Disney chairman and CEO Robert A. Iger commented, "Following three years of consistent operating improvement at Disney Interactive and a great partnership between John and Jimmy, we are now in a position to fulfill our original objective to consolidate our Interactive business under one Los Angeles-based leader," reports Variety.

"I thank John for his many contributions to Disney Interactive including building tentpole products like 'Disney Infinity' and establishing the company as a leading mobile games publisher and appreciate his passion for bringing Disney experiences to guests on new platforms," he added.

Disney Interactive sold around 294,000 copies of the Disney Infinity Starter Pack in its first two weeks on sale in US.

The game arrived in US on August 18 for Xbox 360, PS3, Wii U, Wii, PC and 3DS, and the publisher said it got "off to a strong start".

Pleasants joined Disney Interactive in 2010 after the firm acquired social gaming company Playdom, where he served as CEO.

Pleasants told The New York Times his move was a joint decision. "It was a collaborative decision to do what's right for the business at a time when we have clear momentum," he said. "It's complicated to have co-presidents. It doesn't seem to make sense as a long-term strategy."

Pleasants is expected to serve in an advisory role until January.

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