MPAA's Chris Dodd Makes Three Executive Appointments

Chris Dodd
Chris Dodd
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Sen. Chris Dodd, chairman and CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America, announced a promotion and two new staff hires Thursday as he moved to put his stamp on the motion picture industry’s lobbying organization.

To lead the new team, Michael O’Leary has been promoted to senior executive vp, global policy and external affairs, and will supervise all international, federal and state affairs operations around the world. In addition, O’Leary will oversee the MPASA’s technology and research efforts. Previously, he had been EVP, government affairs, responsible for the development and the implementation of the MPAA’s domestic government policy priorities and federal and state legislative and regulatory strategies.

Laura Nichols is joining the MPAA as executive vp, global communications and will oversee all international and domestic communications, media relations, new media development and special events. Previously, she served as senior fellow and senior vp for communications and strategies at the Washington, D.C think tank Center for American Progress. Howard Gantman, the MPAA’s vp, corporate communications, will remain in that role and report to Nichols.

Lori McGrogan, who had been as acting chief of staff and deputy chief of staff in Dodd’s senate office, is joining the MPAA as senior advisor to the chairman. She will assist Dodd in strategic and long-term planning, as well as day-to-day operations of the organization.

The team also includes David England, CFO and executive vp, finance and administration and Joan Graves, senior vp and chairman, Classification and Ratings Administration.

“I am proud to announce this team of tremendously accomplished individuals, Dodd said. “The creative community’s voice in Washington will be critical in the months and years ahead as our leaders debate what will be the best, most cost-effective ways to produce new jobs and protect the ones we have.  We’ve assembled a senior team, who, together with our dedicated MPAA global staff, will set our sights on delivering a clear and simple message: when it comes to growing our economy, creating jobs, promoting trade and American innovation, movies matter.  

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