Director, Strategic Sourcing
Disney Worldwide Services
Michael Cooper is the Director of Strategic Sourcing for Disney Worldwide Services, supporting Disney’s Theme Parks and Resorts Segment. Michael leads a Sourcing & Procurement team consisting of 22 professional Cast Members in various roles primarily supporting the Disneyland Resort, The Walt Disney World Resort and related Disney segments in the areas of Facilities & Operations Services, Maintenance & Engineering, Food & Beverage, Creative Entertainment and Supplier Diversity. Michael joined the Disneyland Resort team as the Manager of Food & Beverage Sourcing & Procurement in May 2004. In 2005, Michael’s responsibilities were expanded to encompass the sourcing support for Marketing and Entertainment. Michael was assigned to his current role in 2006, where he and his team are responsible for contributing to profitability by initiating cost reduction initiatives, driving supplier innovation through partnering and protecting and enhancing the Disney brand. Michael and his team emphasize achieving these objectives by building a diverse supplier base and ensuring an inclusive environment throughout the supplier selection process. Michael actively participates in various supplier matchmaking events in the community, and has been recognized as Corporate Diversity Advocate of the Year by the Asian Business Assn. of Orange County. Prior to joining Disney, Michael held various positions in Strategic Sourcing, Manufacturing and Human Resources for divisions of Nestlé, Heinz and Kraft at locations throughout the United States. A native of Pittsburgh, Michael earned Bachelors of Science Degrees in Management and Finance from the University of Utah. Michael currently serves on the boards of the Cypress College Foundation and the Orange County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and has formerly served on the boards of United Cerebral Palsy of Utah and the Tea Association of the United States.