MPAA Names Former Sen. Dodd Chairman, CEO

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The Motion Picture Association of America has tapped former Sen. Chris Dodd (D-Conn.) as its new chairman and CEO.

Dodd exited the Senate in January after five terms, and will look for some of the Irish luck to rub off on the posting with an arrival date of St. Patrick's Day (March 17).

"I am truly excited about representing the interests of one of the most creative and productive industries in America, not only in Washington but around the world," said Dodd in a statement. "The major motion picture studios consistently produce and distribute the most sought after and enjoyable entertainment on earth. Protecting this great American export will be my highest priority."

He added that it was an honor to follow in the footsteps of former MPAA leaders Jack Valenti and Dan Glickman. All three brought Democratic resumes to post, with Valenti having worked for Lyndon Johnson and Glickman having served in the Clinton administration.

Robert Pisano, president and COO, had been acting CEO of MPAA since Glickman's early exit in 2010.

MPAA follows the National Association of Broadcasters, who also went with a former Senator,Republican Gordon Smith of Oregon, to head the association. Like Smith, Dodd will not be able to lobby his former colleagues directly until January 2013.

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