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The Motion Picture Association of America has announced that Chris Ortman will be the organization’s new spokesperson.
Ortman will take on the title of vp corporate communications, a position previously held by Kate Bedingfield, who left the post in August to join Vice President Joe Biden as his communications director.
Ortman’s background is in politics, non-profits, government and public policy, including work as a spokesman for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security under President Barack Obama. He also held roles with the 2008 Democratic National Convention Committee and the 2009 Presidential Inaugural Committee.
“With his strong understanding of the creative industries and deep background in public policy, Chris is well-positioned to be an effective advocate and spokesperson for the MPAA and our member companies,” said Laura Nichols, the MPAA’s executive vp for global communications.
In his new position, Ortman will play a key role in the association’s day-to-day media relations, among other communications priorities.
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