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Chris Dodd Steps Down from the MPAA, Chris Rivkin To Succeed Him

Former U.S. Senator Christopher Dodd, Chairman & CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), has announced that he will step down from his position as CEO on September 4 and from his position as Chairman at the end of the year. The MPAA board has named Charles Rivkin, former U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Economic and Business Affairs, as Dodd’s successor. Rivkin was also the former Ambassador to France and served under President Obama in both positions. Ambassador Rivkin will join MPAA September 5, and the two executives will work together to complete the transition by the beginning of next year.

Dodd has served as Chairman & CEO of the MPAA since March of 2011. During Dodd’s tenure the organization focused on the digital age and expanded US presence into China. The organization also cracked down on piracy and caused around 1,500 websites to be blocked as well as criple their profitability by working with payment processors. That initiative was not without controversy.

Rivkin most recently served as Assistant Secretary of State for Economic and Business Affairs from 2014 to 2017. Previously, he was U.S. Ambassador to France and Monaco, and before entering public service, Rivkin spent nearly twenty years in the creative sector as CEO of The Jim Henson Company and W!ldBrain.