NEW YORK — He’s two years away from retiring, but there’s already speculation about who could succeed Michael Eisner as chief executive of The Walt Disney Co. And two big players in the apparel world are on the list — Gap chief executive Paul Pressler and Margaret Whitman, ceo of eBay Inc.

Eisner said Friday he will step down from his post on Sept. 30, 2006, when his contract expires. He celebrates his 20th anniversary with Disney this month. In his letter to Disney board members, Eisner endorsed Disney president Robert Iger as a potential successor.

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