Dan Glickman leaves MPAA early

Bob Pisano named interim head as CEO search continues

NEW YORK -- Dan Glickman is stepping down as MPAA chairman and CEO as of April 1 to become president of Refugees International.

President and COO Bob Pisano will take over as interim head of the group. He has been in his posts since 2005. Before that, he served as national executive director and CEO of SAG. He also held executive posts at MGM and Paramount Pictures in the past.

The MPAA said it is continuing the search process for a new permanent head.

Glickman's contract ran through the fall, but he had announced late last year that he wouldn't seek another term, and he is now leaving early. In his new role, he will oversee the advocacy organization on refugee crises around the world.

Glickman thanked the studio bosses he has worked with since he took over the Washington group in 2004.

While he has had run-ins with the studio heads, he on Friday highlighted the positives about his experience at the MPAA. "For me, perhaps the best thing about the job was the movies," he said. "I love movies. And as far as I am concerned, we make the best movies in the world."