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Warner Bros. has promoted 31-year veteran Hank Lachmund to executive vice president, industrial relations, and leader of the studio’s labor relations operation, the studio announced Monday. He’ll report to John Rogovin, executive vice president and general counsel.
Also upped were Stephen Carroll and Sam Wolfson, who both received senior vice president stripes. Carroll focuses on feature films and Wolfson on television. They’ll report to Lachmund, as will Silisha Sidell, vp labor relations, Warner Bros. Studio Facilities, who will continue to focus primarily on studio facility-related issues.
Retiring at the end of November is executive vice president, industrial relations, Alan Raphael, a 34-year studio veteran, who previously headed the labor relations function.
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“Labor Relations is our voice in the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers and plays a critical role in maintaining stable and respectful relationships with the industry’s unions and guilds,” said Kevin Tsujihara, chairman and CEO of Warner Bros. “These organizations are absolutely crucial to the production business, and we look to Hank and our skillful labor relations team to manage these vital relationships.”
“Hank’s experience, judgment and expertise will ensure that Warner Bros. continues as a respected and recognized leader in labor issues,” said Rogovin. “I’d also like to thank Alan for his many years of service to Warner Bros. and the countless contributions he’s made to our company and our industry. While we’ll miss having Alan on staff day to day, he’s left us in great hands.”
“Both Sam and Stephen are top-notch, strategic labor-management relations executives who have been key to the success of Warner Bros.’ labor relations operations for many years,” said Lachmund. “These promotions are very well-deserved, and I look forward to working even more closely with both of them to further the success of Warner Bros. in the labor relations arena.”
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Prior to Warner Bros., Lachmund was a labor-management group supervisor for the National Labor Relations Board. He serves on a variety of boards, including the AMPTP and the pension and health plans for legacy AFTRA, DGA, IATSE and WGA.
Carroll joined Warner Bros. Pictures in 2006 from the AMPTP and was previously an attorney in the labor relations departments of Sony and MGM. Wolfson started with Warner Bros. Television 21 years ago. Before that, he was with Paramount Pictures’ labor relations department and the NLRB.
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