MPAA names Matt Bennett Executive Vice President for Corporate Communications

May 10, 2016

WASHINGTON – Senator Chris Dodd, Chairman and CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America, Inc. (MPAA) announced today that Matt Bennett has joined the association as Executive Vice President for Corporate Communications. Bennett is replacing Laura Nichols, who departed in February to become Senior Vice President and Chief Communications Officer at National Geographic Partners.

Bennett previously served as Senior Vice President and D.C. Practice Lead for Racepoint Global, an international public relations firm. He led the agency’s public affairs work, designing strategic campaigns focused on advancing public policy priorities, developing thought leadership platforms and building trusted connections with influencers. Prior to his work with Racepoint, Bennett was Senior Vice President of Communications and Public Affairs at PhRMA, the trade association representing leading research-based pharmaceutical companies. He was responsible for all internal and external communications, and launched a rebranding effort that focused the pharmaceutical industry as science and patient oriented.

“Matt’s extensive experience helping associations and corporations communicate their messages to policymakers, influencers and key constituencies will help our organization effectively advance the mission and priorities of our member studios,” said Senator Dodd. “He possesses the skills and leadership abilities that will help the MPAA engage audiences both here in the United States and around the world to demonstrate the value of creativity in today’s digital age.”

“I am thrilled to join the exceptional team at the MPAA and support the tremendous creativity produced by the motion picture studios,” Bennett said. “It is an unparalleled opportunity to work with an organization and industry that is driving creativity, innovation, and enhanced audience experiences.”

Previously, Bennett was Senior Vice President at GolinHarris, where he worked with Fortune 500 clients in the technology, health care and retail industries. Bennett earned his B.A. and M.A. degrees, both in political science, from American University in Washington, D.C.

About the MPAA
The Motion Picture Association of America, Inc. (MPAA) serves as the voice and advocate of the American motion picture, home video and television industries from its offices in Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. Its members include: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures; Paramount Pictures Corporation; Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc.; Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation; Universal City Studios LLC; and Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.

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For more information, contact:

MPAA Washington, D.C.
Chris Ortman