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Universal has named Nicholas Carpou as President, Domestic Distribution. The exec, who has been Co-President, Domestic Distribution since June 2011, will replace Nikki Rocco, who announced her retirement in April.
Rocco will transition into a senior advisory role at the end of 2014 and stay with the company through 2016.
Carpou, whose appointment was widely expected, has been with Universal for 32 years. When Rocco retires at the end of the year, Carpou will become the single leader of the entire Domestic Distribution operation. Carpou will work closely with Executive Vice President and General Sales Manager, Mark Gaines.
“Nick’s loyal service to our Distribution team for more than three decades is a testament to his expertise in the field and the relationships he has forged” said Universal Filmed Entertainment Group Chairman Jeff Shell in a statement. “He was trained by the best in the business under Nikki and he is a natural choice to lead our Domestic Distribution division when Nikki retires.”
Carpou began his career in San Francisco with United Artists Corporation in 1977, and worked for Associated Film Distribution from 1980 to 1981, before joining Universal’s San Francisco branch office in 1982. He relocated to Los Angeles in 1987, where he was promoted Branch Manager. In 1990, Carpou became Vice President, Division Manager, then Senior Vice President of National Sales in 1993. In 1997, he was named Executive Vice President, General Sales Manager at the studio before assuming his most recent role as Co-President under Rocco in 2011.
“I am thrilled that Nick is going to lead the Domestic Distribution team into a new era and I can retire knowing that we have a strong leader at the helm,” added Rocco in a statement. “He has been my right hand for many years now and a trusted friend and partner. We’ve been through the ups-and-downs that come with the territory and I couldn’t think of a better candidate to fill this role.”
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