Gabrielle Carteris Succeeds Ken Howard as Acting SAG-AFTRA President

Gabrielle Carteris
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Executive vice president Gabrielle Carteris has become acting president of SAG-AFTRA following Wednesday’s death of SAG-AFTRA president Ken Howard.

The union’s national board, which holds four meetings a year, will determine who succeeds Howard for the remaining 17 months rest of his term. The next meeting is set for April 9.

Carteris was re-elected to the post of executive vice president at the union’s bi-annual convention in September. The SAG-AFTRA Constitution, enacted in 2012 as part of the merger of SAG and AFTRA, provides that the exec VP will assist the president in the governance of the union and will succeed the president should the office be vacated.

“In the event the office of President becomes vacant for any reason, the Executive Vice President shall assume the duties and responsibilities of the President set forth in this Constitution until the next meeting of the National Board, which shall elect from eligible members a President to serve the balance of the
former President’s unexpired term of office,” the constitution says.

Carteris is best known for her role as school newspaper editor Andrea Zuckerman in the series “Beverly Hills 90210.” Other credits include “Touched by an Angel,” “King of the Hill,” “NYPD Blue,” “Jag” and “Criminal Minds.”

Howard was elected president of SAG in September 2009, shortly after he had won his Emmy for “Grey Gardens,” and won a second term in September 2011. After SAG merged with AFTRA following strong support by Howard, he became co-president of SAG-AFTRA and then was elected to the new presidency in 2013 over Esai Morales and re-elected in August 2015, over Patricia Richardson.

During his union presidency, Howard espoused a pragmatic approach and was the leading voice of the moderate-leaning Unite 4 Strength faction — which has dominated the leadership at the performers union since 2009.

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