Walt Disney World has appointed its first openly gay president in George Kalogridis.

According to Watermark, Kalogridis is the park's fifth president, replacing Meg Crofton on February 1, when she moved up to the post of president of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Operations, United States and Paris.

Kalogridis first joined Disney in 1971 as a bus boy at one of the theme park's restaurants.

Over the next 4 decades, he held titles such as president of Disneyland Resort, CEO for Disney Resort Paris, vice president of Travel Operations at Walt Disney World in Orlando and vice president of Epcot.

“Kalogridis brings a tremendous amount of knowledge and expertise to his new role at Walt Disney World, including more than 40 years of experience at Disney parks in a number of positions around the world,” the park said in a press release. “Most recently as president of the Disneyland Resort, he oversaw one of the most extensive expansion projects in the Resort’s history – including the immensely successful transformation of Disney California Adventure. Throughout his career, Kalogridis also has proven himself to be a leader in the travel and leisure industry, as well as a respected partner in the community.”

The Orlando Sentinel reported that Kalogridis and his partner Andy Hardy live together in Golden Oak, a Disney World subdivision, and have been together 12 years. Also a Disney employee, Hardy works for Walt Disney Parks & Resorts as a finance manager.

Kalogridis was born in Orlando and attended the University of Central Florida.

In his new post, Kalogridis oversees 66,000 employees.