MPAA Exec Michael O'Leary to Step Down

Having joined the organization in 2005, he oversaw the creation of its global policy team.

Michael O’Leary is stepping down at the end of June as the Motion Picture Association of America’s senior vp for global policy and external affairs, the MPAA announced Wednesday. He will play an advisory role with the MPAA during the transition.

O’Leary, who joined the trade association in 2005, oversaw the creation of the MPAA’s global policy team, worked with the MPAA member studios to improve and strengthen the overall strategic approach of the industry and served on the MPAA board of directors.

“Having accomplished most of my goals at the MPAA, I am excited to move on to new career challenges,” O’Leary said. “It is difficult to leave a place after nine great years, but the time is right. I will miss working with so many talented people, but I am very proud of my time at the MPAA and everything we accomplished together.”

 “I want to thank Michael for his tireless commitment to this Association and the creative community and for his leadership here for so many years,” MPAA chairman and CEO Senator Chris Dodd said.  “I also want to thank him for his continued support of the MPAA during the coming transition.”