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Dodd Named MPAA CEO

1 Mar, 2011 By: Erik Gruenwedel

Former U.S. Senator Christopher Dodd, D-Conn., has been named CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America.

Dodd, who completed five terms in the Senate in January, has served stints as chairman of the Senate banking committee and author of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. He assumes his new role on March 17.

Previous MPAA CEOs were Dan Glickman and Jack Valenti.

“We conducted a thorough search to identify the very best individual to lead the MPAA,” said Michael Lynton, Sony Pictures Entertainment’s chairman and CEO. “We’re convinced we have found that person in Chris Dodd. He is uniquely qualified to represent and protect our industry globally.”

Barry Meyer, chairman and CEO of Warner Bros., said Dodd is the right person to lead the film industry through its toughest challenges regarding content protection and piracy on a domestic and global scale.

Alan Braverman, senior EVP and general counsel at the Walt Disney Co. and MPAA search committee member, concurred, saying Dodd’s political acumen made him an ideal choice during a “critical time” for the motion picture industry.

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