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MPAA Adds New Global Policy SVP

18 Jul, 2013 By: Chris Tribbey

The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) has added Shanna Winters as its SVP of global policy, a newly created position that will see Winters handling the group’s policy portfolio.

“As studios place increasingly greater emphasis on markets around the world, Shanna will prove to be an invaluable member of our team,” said Sen. Chris Dodd, MPAA chairman and CEO. “Working with our global policy team here in Washington and executives around the world, she will be instrumental in helping us chart a successful course in the years ahead.”

Winters will report to Michael O’Leary, senior EVP of global policy and external affairs, and comes to MPAA after serving as a staffer for eight years in the U.S. House of Representatives, most recently as Democratic chief counsel for the House Committee on Foreign Relations. She has also served as staff director for the House Judiciary Subcommittee for Courts, the Internet and Intellectual Property, and began her career as an attorney in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

“It’s rare to find a person who understands not just the range of complex substantive issues we face globally, but understands the policy and political challenges of being an international industry, as well,” O’Leary said. “She will be a leading voice and a key advisor to senior MPAA and studio leadership.”

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