Viane is the president of global distribution for Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures and has served at the studio for 25 years.

Disney has promoted Dave Hollis to executive vice-president of theatrical exhibition sales and distribution and he will work closely with Viane over the next five months to transition oversight of the theatrical distribution function.

Viane will stay on as a consultant until the middle of 2012 and a replacement for Hollis will be named at a later date.

“Chuck is one of the most knowledgeable and savvy individuals in the film industry,” The Walt Disney Studios chairman Rich Ross said. “Throughout his distinguished career at Disney, he has proven himself to be a rare legend, deeply respected by those who have had the privilege to work with him here as well as by exhibitors and colleagues around the world.”

Viane joined Disney in 1985 from the exhibition sector and established one of the most robust platforms in the business. The studio crossed $1bn in North American annual ticket sales 13 times during his tenure and in 2010 achieved the unprecedented feat of releasing global two billon-dollar earners in a single year with Alice In Wonderland and Toy Story 3.

“Being on the front lines at Disney over such an exciting period in the film industry has been an extraordinary experience,” Viane said. “I’ve worked on the best projects, I’ve worked with the best people and I’m proud of the things we’ve accomplished together.

“Now I’m looking forward to watching my grandkids grow – and maybe getting to sleep in on Sunday mornings. I’ve had the pleasure of watching Dave’s [Hollis] career thrive here at Disney and I know I am leaving the team in very capable hands.”

Hollis has been at the studio for 10 years and was most recently senior vice-president of distribution for Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International. He will report directly to The Walt Disney Studios president of distribution Bob Chapek.