Her exit comes on the heels of a recent changeover in the programming leadership of the Gotham nonprofit, which presents the New York Film Festival each fall in addition to year-round screening activities. Earlier this year longtime programming director Richard Pena ankled to be replaced by two people, Dennis Lim (as director of ongoing cinematheque programming) and Kent Jones (as director of programming for the New York Film Festival).
Lesli Klainberg, who has been the managing director of the Film Society for about two years, will serve as interim exec director until Kuo’s permanent replacement is found.
Kuo said in a statement that the timing was right for her to transition out of her post, now that several of the major projects she helped oversee — including the opening of the multiscreen Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center as well as the 50th annual NYFF — have now been completed. She gave no indication of what she’ll do next.
She’ll consult with the Film Society board through early 2014 in order to assist with the transition.