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Dan Cockerell

Dan Cockerell

Business relationships expert and former Disney Magic Kingdom Vice President


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Dan Cockerell was a top Disney executive before starting his own company. A Boston University graduate, Dan gained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science in 1991. His love of rugby saw him selected to the USA Collegiate All-American rugby team in both 1990 and 1991, with him captaining the side during his second year. He earned his MBA at the Crummer School of Business at Rollins College in 2001.

Dan Cockerel first started working at Disney in 1989 as a participant in the Walt Disney World College Programme. He worked at the front desk of the resort. His graduation in 1991, however, saw him move to Florida and participate in the Disneyland Paris Management Trainee Program. He was transferred to France in 1992, a mere three months before the opening of Disneyland Paris. He stayed and worked there for five years before being transferred back to Orlando, Florida.

Over the years, Dan Cockerel has held down many positions in the organisation and was only the sixth executive to hold the position of Vice President, Magic Kingdom, since the theme park opened in 1971. Relationship building, according to Dan Cockerel, is one of the key elements of leadership success. He approachability and work philosophy have been the cornerstones of his leadership success.

During his time at Disney, Can Cockerell, besides his operational responsibilities, was also a keynote speaker for the organisation. This role hs seen him address thousands of open-roll participants and attendees in customized programmes. Amongst those he addressed, Dan Cockerell counts the likes of General Motors, Porsche A.G., United Airlines, the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Ary, and the Southern Methodist University Business School, to name but a few. In 2015, Dan Cockerell also participated in the Sodexo Quality Life Worldwide Conference Panel. The event was moderated by Arianna Huffington.

The years 2004 to 2018 saw Dan Cockerell as a member of the board of Junior Achievement of Central Florida, with him elected as chairman during 2010.

After a 26-year career with Disney, Dan Cockerell decided it was time for a change. This led to the establishment of Dan Cockerell LLC, a speaking and consulting company.

Dan Cockerell – Speaker

As a speaker, Dan Cockerell provides audiences with a customized, authentic presentation. His focus is on leadership and management practices. Dan draws on his extensive career with Disney, using relevant examples from his own life and his unique, storytelling talent to confine audiences to their seats.

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  • “Dan is an awesome speaker – he has a natural style, a commanding presence, and a valuable message. We had the opportunity to invite Dan to our campus to kick off our first College of Business Student Services Forum. Dan has a strong and identifiable personal brand – I would highly recommend him as a keynote.”

    Donna Margolis, Owner, Interim HealthCare of Southern Illinois & Southern Iowa

  • Dan Cockerell “Dan is an awesome speaker – he has a natural style, a commanding presence, and a valuable message. We had the opportunity to invite Dan to our campus to kick off our first College of Business Student Services Forum. Dan has a strong and identifiable personal brand – I would highly recommend him as a keynote.”
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