BURBANK, Calif. (AP) _ The Walt Disney Co. named company veteran Don Goodman to lead research and development in the company's unit that designs new theme parks and resorts.

Goodman, 43, was named executive vice president of Walt Disney Imagineering, filling a vacancy created in October by the departure of Imagineering president Kenneth Wong.

Eric Haseltine, another Disney veteran, was promoted to executive vice president of Imagineering's research and development arm.

Goodman's new responsibilities include overseeing development of Hong Kong Disneyland and new theme parks that will open adjacent to Disneyland, Disneyland Paris and Tokyo Disneyland, the company announced Wednesday.

Haseltine, formerly senior vice president and chief scientist in the research and development unit, will lead all of Disney research and development activities.

Since Wong's departure, Imagineering has been run by Paul Pressler, president of Walt Disney Attractions.

Goodman joined Disney in 1990 as director of new business development. He became a vice president in charge of real estate ventures and in 1995 was named vice president of new business development. In 1996 he was named vice president and general manager of Imagineering.

Haseltine, 48, has worked for Disney since 1992. He started out working on virtual reality projects and in 1998 was named senior vice president in charge of all technology projects, including the Internet, digital cinema and virtual reality.