Exec named VP of corporate communications

Howard Gantman has been named vice president of corporate communications for the Motion Picture Assn. of America in its Washington office.

Gantman has been a senior communications consultant since August. Before that, he was Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s staff director of the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies, in which he was responsible for overseeing President Obama’s swearing-in ceremony. He also was staff director of the Senate Rules and Administration Committee, and was communications director for Feinstein for nine years.

Gantman replaces Angela Belden Martinez, who has taken a post at the Department of Commerce as director of outreach for economic development.

VP Elizabeth Kaltman will continue to oversee communications efforts in Los Angeles.

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