Fox Searchlight has tapped Sheila DeLoach VP of distribution to handle East Coast sales and collections, the studio announced Wednesday.

DeLoach, who will report to senior VP of distribution Robert Cheren, has more than 20 years of experience in sales management.

“Sheila brings decades of distribution experience to our department, and will be invaluable as we get ready to counterprogram the summer’s big-budget fare with two gems — ‘Star Maps’ and ‘The Full Monty,’ ” said Cheren.

DeLoach rejoins Fox after eight years as VP/ Eastern sales manager of Orion Pictures Corp., which distribbed product for Orion Pictures, Orion Classics and Goldwyn Films.

She first came to Fox in 1980 as southern division manager. She was then upped to senior VP/Eastern division manager. She started her career at Columbia Pictures Corp.

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