The MPAA just lost its Global Communications EVP as Laura Nichols moves to Fox-controlled National Geographic Partners in the new position of Chief Communications Officer.

She’ll report to CEO Declan Moore and oversee all communications and media relations at the operation, which includes cable channels, magazines, books, licensing, events and travel businesses.

Moore lauds Nichols’ “tremendous media expertise” that will help establish the enterprise as “the world’s preeminent source of storytelling about science, adventure and exploration.”

MPAA is looking for a replacement.

The trade group’s CEO Chris Dodd says Nichols was “a trusted adviser to me for nearly my entire tenure” there. “She has also been a critical voice on every major issue impacting the film and television industry the past 4 1/2 years and has earned the confidence and respect of our entire organization and all of our member studios.”

Nichols was well known in Washington political and media circles before she joined the MPAA. She had been SVP Communications & Strategy for the Center for American Progress, a partner at First Tuesday Media, SVP at PBS and Communications Director for former House Democratic Leader Richard Gephardt.