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Conference Keynote:  Wednesday, September 3rd, 4:00pm - 5:00pm

Steve Parkis
Senior Vice President
Disney Online


Steve Parkis is senior vice president of Disney Online (DOL), the business unit of the Walt Disney Internet Group (WDIG) that produces the No.1 entertainment destination for kids and families on the Web. Parkis oversees Disney Online Studios, the internal team that builds, operates and publishes an expansive line-up of games, virtual worlds and online social communities. Parkis focuses on product development and operations of Disney-branded online entertainment including Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean Online, Disney Fairies Pixie Hollow, Playhouse Disney Preschool Time Online and Disney's Toontown Online.

Previously, Parkis served as vice president of premium content, where he oversaw the product development, operations and marketing of Disney-branded Internet content. Prior to that, Parkis served in finance and corporate development at WDIG overseeing, among other things, the strategy for the delivery of the GO Network's rich media content and development of its entertainment-focused vertical content areas. Most recently, Parkis was responsible for leading the financial planning team of WDIG during the division's drive to profitability.

Parkis first joined The Walt Disney Company in 1998 as a senior analyst in the business planning and development function at Walt Disney World.

Before joining Disney, Parkis was a managing director at Windhorst New Technologies, a venture capital and operating firm focused on technology and media investment. He began his career at Kimberly-Clark Corporation, where he spent five years in various roles working on consumer brands such as Kleenex facial tissue and Huggies diapers.

Parkis holds a master's degree in business administration from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, and a bachelor's degree in financial administration from Michigan State University.





































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