MacKinnon, who earlier in her career worked for a senior Republican on the House Commerce Committee, will have the title of executive vice president for government affairs. She will start on Nov. 13, and is one of the first major appointments by Charles Rivkin, who joined the MPAA as CEO in September.
She will succeed Joanna McIntosh, who became senior vice president for government affairs at NCTA — the Internet & Television Association, in September 2017.
Rivkin said that MacKinnon “is a deeply respected and skilled government relations professional and keen strategist who brings a wealth of bipartisan policy experience in the telecommunications and media arena.”
MacKinnon also held senior positions at Turner Broadcasting, TCI, CBS, Viacom, NCTA, and Time Warner. She started her career working on Capitol Hill for Rep. Jack Fields (R-Texas), who chaired a House Commerce subcommittee on telecommunications.
MacKinnon said that as “creative companies are embracing and driving new technology to serve consumers in so many exciting new ways in the face of growing competition, we are at a critical juncture. I am excited to join the leadership of MPAA to ensure that federal, state, and local government policy actions ensure that the industry can continue to support economic growth and job creation here at home and a burgeoning trade surplus abroad while entertaining, educating, and inspiring audiences every day.”