Lindsley Parsons Jr., president and chief operating officer of Lucas Digital Ltd., will step down in mid-January, the company announced.
The move, which was unexpected in high-tech circles, comes less than a year after Parsons joined the company.
When he joined Lucas last February, Parsons was given the mandate to oversee the transition and expansion of Lucas’ Industrial Light & Magic and that divi-sion’s move into the digital arena.
He was also involved in the supervision of the consolidation of the Skywalker North and South production facilities, which had been managed separately.
While there are still two Skywalker production facilities — one in Marin County, the other in Santa Monica — both are now under the supervision of Skywalker VP and general manager KiKi Morris. ILM, meanwhile, is headed by VP and general manager Jim Morris.
According to company officials, Parsons will not be replaced. Both Jim Morris and KiKi Morris, who reported to Parsons, will now report to the Lucas Digital board of directors.
Parsons said he was leaving for personal reasons and that he had completed his assignment.
“I am very grateful for Lin Parsons’ guidance during an important transitional period in the company’s history,” George Lucas said in a statement.