Kathy Garmezy, a communications executive with experience working in Washington politics and with Hollywood’s talent unions, has been named executive director of the Artists Rights Foundation, the industry group involved in the preservation and protection of film art.

The post had been vacant since July, when Keith LaQua resigned after five years in the post.

Garmezy has been executive vice president in the L.A. Angeles office of Robinson, Lerer & Montgomery, a national communications firm. She will start in her new position on May 5.

In a statement, Elliot Silverstein, president of the foundation, cited Garmezy’s relationships with Hollywood guilds and other nonprofit organizations, as well as her experience working in the political realm.

The foundation’s Digital Technology Symposium will be held Thursday and Friday. At its annual dinner Friday, Milos Forman will receive the John Huston Award.

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