Longtime Lucasfilm President and COO Micheline Chau Retiring

Micheline Chau Headshot - P 2012

Micheline Chau Headshot - P 2012

She is credited with strengthening the "Star Wars" brand.

Micheline Chau, a two-decades-long veteran of Lucasfilm, who currently serves as president and COO, announced Wednesday that she is retiring.

With her departure, senior executives for each of the Lucasfilm divisions will report directly to Kathleen Kennedy, who was named Lucasfilm co-chair in June.

Chau is credited with keeping the Lucasfilm and Star Wars brands strong, espeically through animation spin-offs and licensing initiatives. “I’ve been very fortunate to have Mich at the helm of my company," said Lucasfilm founder and co-chairman George LucasShe has provided the focus and strategy needed to keep Lucasfilm at the forefront of the global entertainment industry. Mich has been a key member of my executive team for over 20-years and she will be missed. I wish her the best in her retirement.”

“I’ve spent the past two decades at Lucasfilm growing the business and in the process have had the distinct pleasure of working with some of the most creative people in the world,” Chau said. “I’m very proud of what Lucasfilm has accomplished during my tenure and I know the company is set up for great things and will continue to inspire audiences for a long time to come.”