UA picks Pinkser

Field op exec VP leads repositioned team

In an effort to bring added “focus and energy” to its cinema operations, United Artists Theatres has streamlined its management team and promoted Neal Pinsker from vice president, Western region, to exec VP, field operations.

Based at UA’s corporate headquarters in Denver, Pinsker takes over the reins of the 2,200-screen circuit’s theater operations and marketing from predecessor Dennis Daniels.

Pinsker, whose tenure with UA spans four decades, worked his way up from usher to regional VP and has managed divisions throughout the U.S.

Meanwhile, theater field operations will now be divided into two regions, instead of three, and will be managed by Charlie Fogel, VP, East region, and Chris Taylor, VP, West region.

Fogel has been with United Artists since 1988 and was formerly VP, Northeast region. Taylor has more than 26 years of experience with UA and was formerly vice president, Central region.

“With the increasing competition in our business, it was imperative that we bring a new level of focus and energy to our theater operations,” said Kurt Hall, UA president and CEO. “These operating changes will allow us to provide more focus on customer service and … the highest quality theater experience to our patrons.”

Other changes

Wally Helton, director of concessions, will assume all responsibilities for management of concessions and report directly to Pinsker. Helton joined UA in September after three years with Mann and 21 years with AMC.

Shelley Streeter, VP of marketing and advertising, will now assume responsibility for concessions marketing. She will continue to manage co-op and directory advertising, showtime distribution, theater marketing and creative services.

Streeter joined United Artists in 1994 and has more than 14 years of marketing experience in various industries, having served in product management positions with Heinz and Hunter Douglas. Streeter will report directly to Pinsker.

Also reporting to Pinsker are Jurgen Zahn, chief engineer, projection and sound, and Shaun Mullen, national director of operations and training.

Ray Nutt’s responsibilities will expand in a new role as senior VP, corporate services. Nutt will oversee corporate support services, including human resources, tax and utilities expense auditing, risk management and national purchasing.

In addition, he will oversee the company’s onscreen/in-theater advertising and group ticket and gift certificate sales efforts. Nutt joined UA in September and has held various positions in risk management and human resources.