Ric Robertson Stepping Down as Film Academy COO

Ric Robertson Headshot - P 2012
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Ric Robertson Headshot - P 2012

He will transition into a consulting role for AMPAS.

Ric Robertson is stepping down as COO of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.

Robertson, a 32-year veteran of the Academy, will transition into a consulting role, and his duties will be taken over by other staffers, sources tell THR.

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The move comes after Robertson took a three-month leave of absence from his duties.

Robertson announced his departure in a letter to Academy staff, reproduced below.

Dear Friends,

After almost 32 years with the Academy, I’ve decided to step down from my position as COO.

I’m going to continue my relationship with the Academy, however, as a consultant focusing on the show, award rules and categories.  I’m excited to be on these projects in addition to serving as a resource to our new president, Cheryl Boone Isaacs, CEO Dawn Hudson, and you, the Academy staff.

I arrived at this decision with considerable deliberation and, as many of you know, after a three-month hiatus. The summer off was fantastic; it gave me time to travel, relax and try to find CBS on my television. It also gave me the opportunity to think about how I can more fully realize my goals. This is just the first step on that path.

I’m grateful to have worked with you and look forward to continuing to do so, albeit in a different capacity. Thank you for your support of the Academy and for the kindness you’ve shown me personally.