Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Richard Gelfond assumed the role of sole Chief Executive Officer of the Company April 1, 2009, and has been a member of Board of Directors since 1994. Mr. Gelfond served as Co-Chairman of the Company from June 1999 to March 31, 2009 and Co-Chief Executive Officer from May 1996 to March 31, 2009. From March 1994 to June 1999, Mr. Gelfond served as Vice Chairman of the Company. Mr. Gelfond serves as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Stony Brook Foundation, Inc., which is affiliated with Stony Brook University, and is on the Board of Directors for Brookhaven Science Associates, which is the management company of Brookhaven National Laboratories. Mr. Gelfond is a member of the Board of Directors of the Atlantic Counsel. He is also Vice Chairman of the New York Historical Society and a Member of the Motion Picture Academy of Arts & Science.
Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Joseph Sparacio joined the Company in May 2007 as Executive Vice President, and was appointed Chief Financial Officer of IMAX Corporation in August 2007. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Sparacio served as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for the programming company iN Demand L.L.C. from June 2002 until his employment with the Company. From 1998 to 2002, Mr. Sparacio served as Vice President of Finance and Controller for Loews Cineplex Entertainment Corporation. From 1994 to 1998, Mr. Sparacio served as Vice President, Finance and Controller of Loews Theater Management Corp., and from 1990 to 1994, he served as Controller. Prior to joining Loews, Mr. Sparacio spent eight years with Ernst & Young. Mr. Sparacio is a certified public accountant and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants.
Chairman & President, IMAX Entertainment
Mr. Greg Foster joined the Company in March 2001 as President, Filmed Entertainment and was appointed Chairman & President, Filmed Entertainment in September 2004. Based at IMAX's Santa Monica office, Foster’s primary responsibility is overseeing all aspects of the company's global filmed entertainment activities, including creative, production, film distribution, business affairs, marketing, sponsorship, studio relationships and the revolutionary IMAX DMR® process. Prior to his position at the Company, Mr. Foster spent 15 years at MGM/UA where he served in various senior management posts, including Executive Vice President of Production and Senior Vice President of Motion Picture Marketing and Research. In 1999, Foster founded uMogul, a financial services company offering retail investors competitive market returns via mutual funds comprised of entertainment industry assets. He held the positions of Chairman, Co-founder and President of uMogul. During Foster's tenure at the Company, he has successfully re-positioned IMAX’s film slate to include more commercial entertainment product by bringing numerous Hollywood blockbuster event films to IMAX Theatres around the world.
Robert D. Lister
Chief Legal Officer & Chief Business Development Officer
Mr. Robert Lister joined the Company in May 1999 as Senior Vice President, Legal Affairs & General Counsel, and was appointed Senior Executive Vice President & General Counsel in December 2007. Previous to that, Mr. Lister held the position of Executive Vice President, Business & Legal Affairs, Corporate Communications & General Counsel since January 2006 and was Executive Vice President, Legal and Business Affairs & General Counsel, a position he held from May 2001 to January 2006. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Lister was Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of Clearview Cinemas, a film exhibitor, from March 1998 until his employment with the Company. Prior to that, Mr. Lister served as Associate General Counsel of Merit Behavioral Care Corporation, a behavioral healthcare company, from 1996 to 1998. Mr. Lister is a member of the New York State Bar Association.
G. Mary Ruby
Chief Administrative Officer
Ms. G. Mary Ruby joined the Company in October 1987 as Associate General Counsel., and was appointed Executive Vice President, Corporate Services & Corporate Secretary in January 2008. Previous to that Ms. Ruby held the position of Senior Vice President, Human Resources and Administration since May 2007 and Senior Vice President, Legal Affairs & Corporate Secretary since July 2001. Ms. Ruby held the position of General Counsel of the Company from February 1989 to February 1997. Ms. Ruby is also Deputy General Counsel and acts as Corporate Secretary to the Board of Directors. In November 2004, Ms. Ruby was appointed by the Company’s Audit Committee as Chief Compliance Officer, responsible for oversight of the Company’s Whistle Blower Program. Ms. Ruby is a member of the Ontario Bar Association. Ms. Ruby is a Governor and past Chairperson of the Governance Committee of Branksome Hall.
David B. Keighley
Chief Quality Officer
Mr. David Keighley joined the Company in February 1988 and was appointed Executive Vice President of the Company in July 2007. Previous to that, Mr. Keighley held the position of Senior Vice President, a position he held since July 1997. Mr. Keighley is President of David Keighley Productions 70MM Inc., a subsidiary of the Company. Based in the Company’s Santa Monica office, Mr. Keighley is responsible for motion picture and digital post-production and image quality assurance.
Chief Technology Officer
Mr. Brian Bonnick joined the Company in January 1999 as Vice President, Research & Technology, and was appointed Executive Vice President, Technology in June 2006. Previous to that, Mr. Bonnick held the position of Senior Vice President, Technology, a position he held since August 2001. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Bonnick was Vice President, Engineering and Operations for Electrohome Corporation. Prior to that Mr. Bonnick was Vice President and General Manager at TSB International Inc., a telecommunications company. Mr. Bonnick is registered as a professional engineer by the Association of Professional Engineers of Ontario.
Executive Vice President, Worldwide Sales
Mr. Larry O'Reilly joined the Company in March 1994 as the Sales Manager, Film Distribution, and was appointed Executive Vice President, Theatre Development in July 2007. During his time with the Company, he has served in a wide range of business development roles. Mr. O’Reilly has held diverse responsibilities ranging from film financing to heading the Company’s strategic partnership effort. He has also been instrumental in the evolution of IMAX’s sales strategy and secured some of the largest theatre contracts in the Corporation’s history, including a 100-theatre joint venture agreement with AMC Entertainment, and other multiple theatre agreements with Regal Entertainment Group, Cineplex Galaxy and Cinemark USA.
President, IMAX Theatres
Mr. Mark Welton joined the Company in July 1997 as Director, Business Affairs, and appointed Executive Vice President, Corporate and Digital Development & Theatre Operations in April 2007. From September 2001 to October 2003, Mr. Welton held the position of Senior Vice President, Business Affairs, and from October 2003 to June 2006, Mr. Welton held the position of Senior Vice President, Theatre Operations and from June 2006 to April 2007 held the position of Executive Vice President, Theatre Operations & General Manager, Digital. Mr. Welton was appointed President, IMAX Theatres in October 2011. Prior to joining the Company Mr. Welton was an associate lawyer at the law firm Stikeman, Elliot from 1994 until his employment with the Company.
Executive Vice President, Human Resources
Ms. Carrie Lindzon-Jacobs joined the Company in May 2011 taking over global oversight of the Human Resources and Organizational Development functions. She leads a team focused on developing and implementing strategies that drive business results, create a positive work experience for employees and lead to increased levels of employee engagement. Ms. Lindzon-Jacobs came to IMAX from Courtyard Group, a consulting firm (now TELUS Transformation Services) with offices across Canada, in the U.S. and in the U.K where she led the human resources and organizational development functions. Prior to joining Courtyard, Ms. Lindzon-Jacobs was at the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC), where she spent several years as the HR leader for various lines of business, including Head of Human Resources, Amicus (President's Choice Financial Banking) and concurrently Director, Human Resources, International Retail and Wealth Management. Ms. Lindzon-Jacobs holds degrees in Sociology and Labour Studies and a Master of Business Administration, with specializations in Strategic Management, Organizational Behaviour and Industrial Relations from the Schulich School of Business.
President, EMEA and Executive Vice President of IMAX Corporation
Andrew Cripps joined IMAX in February 2011 as President of IMAX in Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), where he leads the expansion of IMAX’s theatre network. He also works with the Company’s Filmed Entertainment division to identify international local-language IMAX DMR® and distribution opportunities. Upon joining the Company, Mr. Cripps was also named Executive Vice President of IMAX Corporation. Mr. Cripps joins IMAX from London-based Paramount Pictures International, where he served as President since January 2007. Previously, Mr. Cripps was President and COO of UIP, a joint venture distribution company between Paramount and Universal. He joined UIP in 1986 as Executive Assistant to the General Manager, Japan, and was later promoted to the roles of Vice President Sales, South East Asia and Senior Vice President, International Sales. Born in Colombo, Sri Lanka, a British citizen, Mr. Cripps lived in Japan for 19 years and is fluent in written and spoken Japanese. He holds a BSc in Industrial Management from the Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, USA and an MBA in International Business from Georgia State University, Atlanta.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Bradley J. Wechsler
On April 1, 2009, Bradley J. Wechsler assumed the role of sole Chairman of the Company's Board of Directors. Mr. Wechsler served as Co-Chief Executive Officer of the Company with Mr. Gelfond from May 1996 to March 31, 2009. From March 1994 to June 1999, Mr. Wechsler served as Chairman of the Company and served as Co-Chairman with Mr. Gelfond from June 1999 to March 31, 2009. Mr. Wechsler serves on the boards of Math for America, the Ethical Culture Fieldston Schools, Apollo Investment Corporation and Assay Healthcare Solutions. Mr. Wechsler also serves on the board of the NYU Hospital and Medical Center, where he is a Vice Chairman and member of the Executive Committee. Mr. Wechsler is a Member of the Motion Picture Academy of Arts & Science.
Richard L. Gelfond
Chief Executive Officer
On April 1, 2009, Mr. Gelfond assumed the role of sole Chief Executive Officer of the Company. Mr. Gelfond served as Co-Chairman of the Company with Mr. Wechsler from June 1999 to March 31, 2009 and Co-Chief Executive Officer with Mr. Wechsler from May 1996 to March 31, 2009. From March 1994 to June 1999, Mr. Gelfond served as Vice Chairman of the Company. Mr. Gelfond serves as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Stony Brook Foundation, Inc., which is affiliated with Stony Brook University, and is on the Board of Directors for Brookhaven Science Associates, which is the management company of Brookhaven National Laboratories. Mr. Gelfond is a member of the board of directors of the Atlantic Counsel. He is also a Member of the Motion Picture Academy of Arts & Science. Mr. Gelfond served as the Chairman of the Columbia Shuttle Memorial Trust Steering Committee, which was established in co-operation with NASA to support the families of the seven crew members of the STS-107 mission of the Space Shuttle Columbia, which came to a tragic end on February 1, 2003.
Eric A. Demirian
Eric A. Demirian has been a director of the Company since September 2010. Mr. Demirian is President of Parklea Capital, Inc. Prior to Mr. Demirian’s position at Parklea Capital, he held the position of Executive Vice President of Group Telecom from 2000 to 2003. Mr. Demirian’s previous positions include, partner and head of Information and Communication Practice at PricewaterhouseCoopers (1983-2000) and internal auditor at the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (1980-1983). Mr. Demirian serves on the boards and is the chair of the audit committee of Enghouse Systems Ltd., and Descartes Systems Group. Mr. Demirian is a former director and chair of the audit committee of Menu Foods Income fund (2005-2010), Keystone North America Inc. (2007–2010) and Granby Industries Income Fund (2006–2007). Mr. Demirian is a Canadian citizen. He is a Chartered Accountant and a Certified General Accountant. Mr. Demirian serves as the Chairman of the Audit Committee of the Company and is a member of the Company’s Compensation and Corporate Governance Committees.
Neil S. Braun
Neil S. Braun has been a director of the Company since June 2003 and is the Dean of Pace University’s Lubin School of Business. Mr. Braun held the position of Chief Executive Officer of The Carbon Neutral Company from 2008 to June 2010 and Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of The GreenLife Organization from 2007 to 2008. Mr. Braun held the position of President, Distribution & Marketing of Starz Media after it acquired IDT Entertainment in August 2006, President, Feature Films and Television of IDT Entertainment from 2005 to 2007 and the President of Vanguard Animation, LLC from 2001 to 2005. He was the President of Vast Video Inc. prior to this and was President of iCast Corporation a wholly-owned subsidiary of CMGI, Inc. during 1999. From 1994 to 1998, Mr. Braun was President of NBC Television Network. Mr. Braun also sits on the Share our Strength and Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center boards of directors, both non-profit organizations. Prior to 1994, Mr. Braun was the Chairman and CEO of Viacom Entertainment, the COO of Imagine Films Entertainment and Senior Vice President of Home Box Office Inc. Mr. Braun has received his Certificate of Director Education through the National Association of Corporate Directors and is a member of KPMG Audit Committee Institute. Mr. Braun is a former director of the GreenLife Organization (2007-2008) and The Carbon Neutral Company (2008-2010). Mr. Braun is a member of the Company’s Audit, Compensation Corporate Governance and Nominating Committees.
Garth M. Girvan
Garth M. Girvan has been a director of the Company since March 1994 and is a partner of McCarthy Tétrault LLP, one of Canada’s largest law firms. Mr. Girvan is also a director of Entertainment One Ltd. Mr. Girvan serves as the Chairman of the Compensation Committee of the Company and is a member of the Company’s Corporate Governance and Option Committees. Mr. Girvan is a former director of Corby Distilleries Limited (1998–2007). Mr. Girvan is a Canadian citizen.
David W. Leebron
David W. Leebron has been a director of the Company since September 2003 and has been the President of Rice University since July 1, 2004. Prior to July 1, 2004, Mr. Leebron held the position of Dean and Lucy G. Moses Professor of Law at Columbia University School of Law since 1996 and Professor of Law since 1989. Mr. Leebron is on the Council on Foreign Relations, and on the executive committee of the Greater Houston Partnership and the board of KIPP Foundation. Mr. Leebron serves as Chairman of the Corporate Governance and Nominating Committees of the Company and is a member of the Company’s Audit and Compensation Committees.
I. Martin Pompadur
Martin Pompadur has been a director of the Company since September 2010. Mr. Pompadur is the Chairman of Metan Development Group. In June 1998, Mr. Pompadur joined News Corporation as Executive Vice President of News Corporation, President of News Corporation Eastern and Central Europe and a member of News Corporation's Executive Management Committee. He was appointed Chairman of News Corp Europe in January 2000, a position he held until 2008. Mr. Pompadur was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of RP Companies from 1982 to 2007 and has held executive positions at several other media companies including American Broadcasting Companies, Inc. Mr. Pompadur is the principal owner of Caribbean International News Corporation and Montana Coffee. Mr. Pompadur serves on the board of Nexstar Broadcasting Group Inc. and is Senior Advisor to Oliver Wyman and Global Vice Chairman Media and Entertainment, Macquarie Capital Advisors. Mr. Pompadur is a member of the Company’s Compensation and Corporate Governance Committees.
Marc A. Utay
Marc A. Utay has been a director of the Company since May 1996 and has been the Managing Partner of Clarion Capital Partners, a private equity investment firm, since November 1999. Prior to joining Clarion, Mr. Utay was a Managing Director of Wasserstein Perella & Co. Inc. and a member of Wasserstein Perella’s Policy Committee. Mr. Utay was co-head of Wasserstein Perella’s Leveraged Finance, Retailing and Media, Telecommunication and Entertainment groups. Until December 2002, Mr. Utay was also a Senior Advisor to Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein. Mr. Utay is a director of P&F Industries, Inc. Mr. Utay serves as Chairman of the Option Committee of the Company and is a member of the Company’s Corporate Governance and Compensation Committees.