LA CA—ADA FLINTRIDGE -- E. Cardon "Card" Walker, who rose from mailroom worker at the Walt Disney Co. to the entertainment giant's highest ranks, died Monday of congestive heart failure at his La Cañada Flintridge home. He was 89.
In 1971, Walker was named president of the company, succeeding co-founder Roy O. Disney after his death that year. Five years later, he became chief executive officer, and was elected chairman of the board in 1980.
"Card was one of the great leaders of certainly his generation or perhaps any generation," said Dick Cook, chairman of Walt Disney Studios. "He embodied everything that was right about Disney; about business, he had enormous character, integrity and all that embodied in someone who was creative and nurturing."