Guild vet in charge of administering elections

HOLLYWOOD — Longtime SAG exec Clinta Dayton, who was at the center of the guild’s election disputes, has announced she plans to retire next year after 35 years at SAG.

Move comes six months after Dayton was promoted to the newly created post of national director of guild governance, making her the exec in charge of administering SAG’s elections. In January, the guild’s election committee ordered the unprecedented rerun of the fall election due to violations of election rules by SAG staff and Sequoia Voting Systems.

The guild said the announcement was triggered by the recent decision by Dayton and husband Stan Farber, an AFTRA staffer, to buy a home outside the Los Angeles area and their plan to relocate there shortly. She will continue to consult on a part-time basis until her official retirement to help implement SAG’s recently approved Governance Plan to shrink the national board from 107 to 62 seats.

“Clinta’s years of experience and expertise has positioned us to implement our Governance Plan, and I am delighted she has agreed to help us through the transition until she officially retires,” guild CEO Bob Pisano said. “I thank her for her tireless dedication and service to SAG members.”

Dayton’s promotion came a month after the board filled the CEO slot with former studio exec Pisano, who immediately launched a sweeping reorganization.

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