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Jan 04, 2024

Disney’s top lawyer extends contract

Horacio Gutierrez also changes title

The Walt Disney Company’s top lawyer, Horacio Gutierrez, has agreed to extend his time with the company.

Gutierrez has been Disney’s senior executive vice president, general counsel and chief compliance officer since February 2022. According to an SEC filing made late last month, his employment agreement has been extended to December 31, 2026. The original expiration date could not be determined immediately.


As part of the amended agreement, his title has been changed to senior executive vice president, chief legal and compliance officer. He will continue to report solely and directly to the company’s CEO, Bob Iger.

Before joining Disney, Gutierrez worked at Spotify as head of global affairs and chief legal officer. He succeeded Alan Braverman who retired after nearly two decades as the company’s general counsel.

Horacio Gutierrez
Horacio Gutierrez


At Spotify, Gutierrez led a team of legal, business, corporate communications and public affairs, government relations, licensing and operations professionals responsible for the company’s work in areas such as industry relations, content partnerships, public policy and trust and safety. He was previously Spotify’s general counsel and vice president for business and legal affairs from 2016 to 2019.

Before joining Spotify, Gutierrez was corporate vice president and general counsel for Microsoft. He joined the company in 1998 as corporate attorney for Latin America and worked in a variety of roles including associate general counsel for EMEA, deputy general counsel with the intellectual property and licensing group and deputy general counsel with the products and services group.

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