As senior vice president, Communications, for Disney's Direct-to-Consumer & International (DTCI) segment, Karen Hobson oversees communications and public affairs strategies focused on all key stakeholders including consumers, employees, clients, communities, and shareholders.
Previously, Hobson served as vice president, Corporate Communications for Disney|ABC Television Group, where she oversaw strategic corporate communication efforts including consumer press campaigns. Prior to her vice president role, Hobson oversaw communications and publicity related to Disney|ABC’s distribution efforts, advertising sales and research initiatives, digital media products and services, and broadcast engineering and operations projects. She also led communications for Disney Media Distribution’s international content sales efforts and Disney|ABC Television Group’s eight ABC-Owned Stations.
Hobson joined The Walt Disney Company in 1997 as manager, media relations for Disney Channel and subsequently held several publicity positions with the Disney|ABC Cable Networks Group.
Previously, Hobson held publicity positions at Cartoon Network and Hanna-Barbera Animation. She began her career at Wilkinson/Lipsman Public Relations, a Los Angeles-based boutique entertainment and lifestyle public relations agency.
She holds a BA in English from the University of California, Los Angeles.