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Neal Stolberg has been upped to senior veep of operations at General Cinema.

In his new Boston-based post, Stolberg will oversee all day-to-day domestic theater activities, including training, personnel management, labor relations, facilities and purchasing.

Stolberg’s promotion spares him from last week’s major downsizing efforts at the theater chain. As an approximated $10 million cost-cutting measure, General Cinema closed its Los Angeles and Chicago offices, laying off 40 employees.

New General Cinema prexy Frank Stryjewski said that, as part of the company’s new, centralized structure, “Neal and his team are more than ready to meet the challenges that exist in today’s exhibition environment and we are very excited about his leading us into the next millennium.”

A 19-year vet of the company, Stolberg most recently served as western regional VP of operations, supervising theaters in California, Washington, New Mexico and Texas.

He has also worked as the company’s division manager and as its West Coast director of operations. Stolberg got his career start as a General Cinema theater manager in 1980.