Digital Cinema Implementation Partners, an exhib consortium meant to facilitate digital rollout, has tapped former chief operating officer Richard Manzione to head the org as president and CEO.

According to a statement released Wednesday, DCIP board of directors conducted a four-month recruitment and interview process, but chose Manzione for his “leadership in the organization, extensive industry experience and his commitment to DCIP’s exhibitors.”

DCIP head gig was vacant after Travis Reid left in October, with Manzione managing the post since then. His appointment was made effective March 1.

“I am honored to have the opportunity to continue leading DCIP,” Manzione said. “Our priority will be to maintain our seamless digital rollout while continuing to be a strong and committed partner to exhibitors and studios.”

Manzione spent more than 25 years in the exhibition business, most recently for Loews Cineplex Entertainment before merging with AMC. He has been with DCIP since its inception.

DCIP was formed in 2007 by the nation’s three largest circuits: AMC, Regal and Cinemark. The org has deployed more than 6,700 digital projection systems in more than 1,000 theaters since March 2010, with plans to install nearly 15,000 over the next several years.