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Megascreen exhib Imax has upped Phil Groves to senior VP of worldwide distribution and studio-exhib relations.

In his expanded role, Groves will direct the company’s global distribution operation and manage its growing network of overseas locations, which includes 91 new systems installed worldwide this year.

Groves will continue to report to Imax chairman and prexy Greg Foster, who credited Groves as “a key contributor to the successful transformation of Imax’s film business.”

“We have expanded his position to acknowledge the role he has played,” Foster said. “And to enable our growing list of global exhibition and studio partners to have access to Phil’s extensive knowledge of the Imax distribution business.”

As of Dec. 31, the company operated 518 Imax locations in 46 countries, including growing major players like China and Russia.