President of Marketing for The Walt Disney Studios
As President of Marketing for The Walt Disney Studios, Ricky Strauss oversees the Studios’ global marketing strategy encompassing creative, media, digital, promotions, publicity, research and synergy across all distribution channels for motion pictures released under the Walt Disney Pictures (including Walt Disney Animation and Pixar Animation), Marvel Studios, Lucasfilm, and Touchstone Pictures banners, which includes DreamWorks Studios films released via Touchstone. Some of the films that Disney has delivered under Strauss’ tenure are DreamWorks Pictures’ Academy Award®-winning LINCOLN, Disney Pixar’s MONSTERS UNIVERSITY, FROZEN, OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL, and the two biggest domestic openings of all time, Marvel’s THE AVENGERS and Marvel’s IRON MAN 3.
A 25-year entertainment industry veteran, Strauss joined Disney in January 2012 after seven years as President of Participant Media, where he oversaw the company’s marketing, production, and acquisition for a broad range of socially relevant and commercially viable films, television programming and publishing efforts. Among the acclaimed films that Participant produced under Strauss’ tenure are the 2011 Academy Award®-winning blockbuster THE HELP, CONTAGION, GOOD NIGHT AND GOOD LUCK, SYRIANA, THE KITE RUNNER, THE VISITOR, the Academy Award®-winning documentaries AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH and THE COVE, WAITING FOR "SUPERMAN," and PAGE ONE: INSIDE THE NEW YORK TIMES.
Prior to joining Participant, Strauss founded Sony-based Ricochet Entertainment, where he executive-produced the Cameron Diaz film THE SWEETEST THING, among other projects. He previously spent 16 years at Sony, where he served as a senior marketing executive (Columbia/TriStar Pictures) and later as Senior Vice President of Production.
Strauss attended the University of Vermont, graduating Phi Beta Kappa (cum laude) with a Bachelor of Arts in English and theater. A longtime supporter of social issues and community service, Ricky serves as Chair Emeritus of The Trevor Project.