O’Leary to quit MPAA
June 19, 2014
By Colin Mann
Michael O’Leary, Senior Executive Vice President for Global Policy and External Affairs at movie industry lobbying body the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) is to leave the Association at the end of June.
“Having accomplished most of my goals at the MPAA, I am excited to move on to new career challenges,” said O’Leary. “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.”
O’Leary, who will assume an advisory role to the MPAA during the transition, joined the Association in 2005. In his current position, he oversaw the creation of the MPAA’s Global Policy team dedicated to enhancing the Association’s policy efforts around the world. He also worked with MPAA member studios to improve and strengthen the overall strategic approach of the industry, being acknowledged as a key architect of the strategy to work with payment processors, advertising networks, search engines, and Internet service providers to curb online piracy. O’Leary, who served on the MPAA Board of Directors, was instrumental in building the Association’s top-flight domestic advocacy team in Washington.
“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,” said MPAA Chairman and CEO Senator Chris Dodd. “I also want to thank him for his continued support of the MPAA during the coming transition.”
O’Leary indicated he will take some time in deciding on his next endeavour.