In a business in which loyalty is not always rewarded, staying true to his word officially paid off yesterday when the Disney board named Robert A. Iger to succeed Michael D. Eisner, the polarizing chief executive of the company who has held the position since 1984, The New York Times reported.

Iger will assume the top job after Eisner himself publicly questioned his suitability in the past. Now Iger must show both independence and his own brand of leadership while undoing any lingering resentment he incurred in carrying out his boss's vision.

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