BURBANK, Calif. (AP) - November 25, 2009
She replaces Rich Ross, who was promoted to serve as the company's movie studios chairman in October.
Lightcap joined Disney in 2000 and most recently served as vice president of programming and creative affairs and chief marketing officer of the company's Latin American operations.
Under Ross' tenure, the Disney Channel has launched some of the company's biggest franchises, from Hannah Montana and the Jonas Brothers to "High School Musical."
Disney said Lightcap spearheaded the Latin American launch of "High School Musical" and led the creative transition of the Disney Channel from a premium to basic service in the region.
Disney said Lightcap will relocate to Burbank, Calif., where the company is based. Her new position is effective immediately.
Disney also named Gary Marsh as chief creative officer, a newly created position, in addition to his current role as president of entertainment at Disney Channels Worldwide. He will report to Lightcap.