Warner BrosJosh Berger has been appointed new chair of the British Film Institute, making him the first American to sit atop the most powerful film body in the UK. He will succeed the current chair Greg Dyke when his term expires in February. The well-respected Berger is the president and managing director of Warner Bros in the UK, Ireland and Spain. His appointment comes after a recruitment process overseen for the first time by the Office of the Commissioner for Public Appointments. Berger has been a BFI governor since April 2011. He will have a four-year term.

“He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the role, both as head of a major studio in the UK and as a Governor of the BFI for more than four years,” said John Whittingdale, Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport.

The BFI chair is an unpaid role and will have no day-to-day impact on Berger’s responsibilities at Warner Bros.