MPAA begins search for chairman

COO Pisano, in the interim, will replace outgoing Glickman

The search is on for a replacement for Dan Glickman, who is stepping down as chairman of the Motion Picture Assn. of America in April to become president of Refugees Intl.

A bevy of names have been mentioned as possible successors to Glickman, who is departing his post atop the industry’s chief lobbying arm several months earlier than planned. That list includes Bob Pisano, the MPAA’s president and chief operating officer, who will become interim CEO. The MPAA recently engaged Los Angeles exec recruitment firm Korn/Ferry Intl.

The position is viewed as one of Washington’s most prized lobbying jobs, with a high salary and, by D.C. standards, a certain luster. But it also has plenty of challenges, first and foremost of which is achieving consensus among highly competitive studio heads, who often have conflicting agendas, as well as upheaval among the MPAA staff.

“We have fought vigorously on behalf of the 2.4 million Americans and other workers throughout the world whose jobs are based on a vibrant film and television business,” Glickman said.

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