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Industry executive, ambassador to replace Dodd at MPAA

Former senator to step down this fall before contract expires; diplomat Charles Rivkin to lead group with growing global reach

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Charles Rivkin, left, and Chris Dodd

May 12, 2017
By William Ehart

Chris Dodd is leaving the $76 million-revenue Motion Picture Association of America this fall, after nearly seven years as CEO. He will be replaced Sept. 5 by Charles Rivkin, a former industry executive and former assistant secretary of state for economic and business affairs, according to an MPAA statement. The two will work together to complete a transition by year end.

Dodd turns 73 this month, and a source told the Los Angeles Times that he was ready to retire. However, Dodd renewed his contract with MPAA for a three-year term just two years ago, CEO Update reported at the time.