WOODLAND HILLS, CA, Feb. 2, 2010 – The Boards of Directors of the Motion Picture and Television Fund today announced that Dr. David Tillman has resigned as President and Chief Executive Officer, effective immediately. Bob Beitcher, an MPTF board member since 2007 and former president and CEO of Panavision and Technicolor Creative Services, has been named CEO on an interim basis.
“We are grateful to Dr. Tillman for his stewardship of the Fund. He has presided over a vast and complex health care and social service organization during challenging times with loyalty and dedication,” said Frank Mancuso and Joe Fischer, Chairmen of MPTF’s Corporate and Fund Boards, respectively.
“It has been an honor and privilege to serve the Motion Picture and Television Fund for the past 10 years as President and CEO,” said Dr. Tillman. “During this period, we have made a positive difference in the lives of many people. I am extremely grateful to have been part of that process. However, I believe the timing is right for me to resign my position. I am taking this action in my own best interests as well as in the best interest of the Fund.”
In announcing the appointment of Bob Beitcher as interim CEO, Mancuso and Fischer thanked him for his willingness to take on the position and said, “Bob has been a valued Board member and played an integral role in dealing with the Fund’s challenges. In addition, he has shown a willingness to take a leadership role in the philanthropic efforts of our organization. He will work closely with Foundation CEO Ken Scherer to engage the community in the ongoing support of MPTF through an active outreach campaign. We have also asked him to make the Long Term Care Unit his highest priority and to ensure that we continue honoring our commitment to the comfort and care of our residents as we transition them to other high quality facilities.”
In accepting the appointment, Beitcher said, “I have been in this industry for over 25 years and I love this organization, what it stands for and all that it does for our community. I am absolutely committed to doing everything I can to enhance the Fund’s ability to meet the growing need for health care and social services now and in the future, and to continuing the charitable mission of the Fund. With the support of its outstanding staff, the Fund has an exciting opportunity to address the growing needs of our industry members in innovative and progressive ways.”
The Board plans to actively pursue the search for Dr. Tillman’s permanent successor.