Carpou, who had served as co-president of domestic distribution since 2011, will assume the new role beginning next year.
Rocco, who announced her retirement as Universal’s president of domestic distribution in April, will transition into a senior advisory role at the end of the year and remain at the studio through 2016.
Universal Filmed Entertainment Group chairman Jeff Shell made the announcement.
“Nick’s loyal service to our distribution team for more than three decades is a testament to his expertise in the field and the relationships he has forged,” Shell said. “He was trained by the best in the business under Nikki and he is a natural choice to lead our Domestic Distribution division when Nikki retires.”
Carpou has spent the past 32 years at Universal, and has overseen the studio’s theatrical sales in North America alongside Rocco.
The new title will give Carpou sole oversight of the domestic distribution operation, working closely with Mark Gaines, executive VP and general sales manager.
Universal has a strong slate in 2015, with “Jurassic World,” “Fast & Furious 7,” “Fifty Shades of Grey,” “Pitch Perfect 2,” “Ted 2,” “Minions,” “Trainwreck,” “Everest” and Legendary’s “Blackhat” and “Crimson Peak.”
Move comes after Shell decided to keep the senior leadership for Universal’s international operations in London, headed by Duncan Clark, with Peter Kujawski managing director, Universal Pictures International Production, and Josh Goldstine overseeing all of Universal’s marketing efforts around the world from Los Angeles.
“I am thrilled that Nick is going to lead the domestic distribution team into a new era and I can retire knowing that we have a strong leader at the helm,” Rocco said. “He has been my right hand for many years now and a trusted friend and partner. We’ve been through the ups-and-downs that come with the territory and I couldn’t think of a better candidate to fill this role.”
Carpou first joined Universal in 1982, working for the studio’s San Francisco branch office. He relocated to Los Angeles in 1987, and held various roles, including branch manager, VP, division manager, senior VP of national sales and executive VP, general sales manager.