The Walt Disney Company shares valuable insights to students at Taylor's University during their first visit in Malaysia

During their recent stopover in Malaysia, The Walt Disney Company South East Asia Pte Ltd. paid their first ever visit to a higher education institution, Taylor’s University. Organised by Taylor’s Career Services, the talk was aimed to provide students from Taylor’s Business School and School of Communication insights into the company’s growth in the region.

Leading the talk was Managing Director, Robert Gilby, the person responsible for driving the company’s strategy, including; coordinating and leading all Disney business divisions, overseeing Disney global franchises, expanding existing businesses and seeking out new business opportunities across the region with a focus on Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand, the Philippines and Vietnam.

Gilby started his session by acknowledging that the future is volatile, uncertain and ambiguous – that current graduates are facing a business environment far more intricate than when he was a fresh graduate. He explained that graduates now will need a vision, a clear direction and principles, to assist with the implementation of their vision, to a job they love. The talk quickly went into building a family brand and principles developed to help sustain a business in a rapidly changing environment.

He also shared the Walt Disney Company’s vision of recognising the importance of storytelling, creating beloved characters that are relatable and ensuring top quality of work produced. The next cornerstone for the growth of the company was to be locally relevant to target markets.

“We’re focused on accelerating the growth of the Disney brand, delivering a rich mix of content and leveraging technology to make our content more compelling and reach more audiences,” Gilby said.

He also highlighted that Disney continually looks for new ideas that will contribute to greater success. The company understands that engaging and encouraging the imaginative power of employees creates a lasting competitive advantage and maximizes an organisation's potential. By creating a fully integrated business across this dynamic region, the Company will be able to harness the market opportunity and deliver on strategic priorities generating significant growth and sustainability.

“A key attribute for leaders is optimism. Have the courage to open new doors, challenge ideas and follow through with them. In practice, you have to have something you believe in,” he quipped.

The Walt Disney Company made their first presence in Southeast Asia a year and a half ago, expanding their brand internationally as the cornerstone of their growth strategy. The Southeast region is home to 516 million people, which consists of 140 million children – representing 27 per cent of the population.

The visit by the Walt Disney Company Southeast Asia was part of a guest speaker series initiative by Taylor’s Career Services. The speaker platform creates opportunities for exclusive insights, managing expectations in the work place and job readiness related to Taylor’s students’ chosen field of study. Similar to this, talks were organised with prominent companies such as OMNICOM, Carat and influential speakers like Datin Paduka Marina Mahathir.