Simmons springs to chief position

HOLLYWOOD — The Screen Actors Guild has promoted veteran exec Jae Je Simmons to the post of New York executive director.

Simmons, who will report directly to CEO Bob Pisano, joined the guild in 1998 as exec director of affirmative action. She has been based in the Gotham office.

In her new post, she will promote SAG’s mission, global/regional initiatives and collective bargaining to constituents as well as ensuring that procedures and protocols are in full compliance with SAG policies and practices.

“In filling key management positions, one of our priorities is to identify executives working at the Screen Actors Guild who have distinguished themselves in their current work and have demonstrated capacity to assume greater leadership and management roles,” Pisano said. “Jae Je is such a person, and I am delighted she has accepted this promotion.”

Simmons also will serve as regional director for the Boston and Philadelphia branches, reporting to Hollis Batchelor, deputy national executive director for organizing, education and branch management. Batchelor recently succeeded longtime SAG exec John Sucke, who has been serving as senior New York exec.

SAG remains in litigation with former affirmative action director Patricia Heisser Metoyer, who accused the guild of firing her in 2001 on bogus grounds after she accused SAG execs of discrimination and of overstating the number of minorities on guild staff. SAG countersued her earlier this year, alleging fraud and breach of fiduciary responsibility.

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