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Management & Board

Management & Board

Richard Gelfond assumed the role of sole Chief Executive Officer of the Company in April 2009.  Mr. Gelfond served as Co-Chairman of the Company with Mr. Wechsler from June 1999 to March 2009 and Co-Chief Executive Officer with Mr. Wechsler from May 1996 to March 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.  Mr. Gelfond is a member of the board of directors of the Atlantic Counsel.  He is also a Member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.  Mr. Gelfond served as the Chairman of the Columbia Shuttle Memorial Trust Steering Committee, which was established in cooperation 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.

Joseph Sparacio joined the Company in May 2007 as Executive Vice President and was appointed Chief Financial Officer (“CFO”) 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.

Greg Foster joined the Company in March 2001 as President of IMAX Entertainment and was appointed to Chairman in 2004. In 2013, Foster was named CEO of IMAX Entertainment and Senior Executive Vice President, IMAX Corp. Prior to joining the Company, Foster was Executive Vice-President of Production at MGM/UA. Before that, Foster held other senior positions including Senior Vice-President of Motion Picture Marketing Research during his 15 years at MGM/UA. In 1999, Foster founded uMogul, a financial services company and held the position of Chairman, Co-Founder and President.

Robert Lister joined the Company in May 1999 as Senior Vice President, Legal Affairs & General Counsel, and was appointed Chief Legal Officer & Chief Business Development Officer in January 2012. Previous to that, Mr. Lister held the position of Senior Executive Vice President & General Counsel since December 2007 and has held various other positions within the Company including Executive Vice President, Business & Legal Affairs, Corporate Communications & General Counsel and Executive Vice President, Legal and Business Affairs & General Counsel. 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 Board of Directors of 3net, a joint venture of Sony, Discovery Communications, and the Company. Mr. Lister is a member of the New York State Bar Association.

Mark Welton joined the Company in July 1997 as Director, Business Affairs and was appointed President, IMAX Theatres in October 2011. Previous to that, Mr. Welton held the position of Executive Vice President, Corporate and Digital Development & Theatre Operation since April 2007 and has held various other positions within the Company including: Senior Vice President, Business Affairs; Senior Vice President, Theatre Operations; and Executive Vice President, Theatre Operations & General Manager, Digital. 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.

David Keighley joined the Company in February 1988 and was appointed Chief Quality Officer in October 2011. Mr. Keighley has held the position of Executive Vice President of the Company since July 2007. Previous to that, Mr. Keighley held the position of Senior Vice President from 1997 to 2007. Mr. Keighley is President of IMAX Post / DKP Inc., a subsidiary of the Company. Mr. Keighley is responsible for motion picture and digital post-production and image quality assurance.

Larry O’Reilly joined the Company in March 1994 as the Sales Manager, Film Distribution and was appointed Executive Vice President, Worldwide Sales in October 2011. Mr. O’Reilly held the position of Executive Vice President, Theatre Development from September 2004 to October 2011 and has held various other positions within the Company including Manager, Business Development, Film; Director, Strategic Partnerships; Director, Commercial Marketing: The Americas; Vice President, Sales, The Americas; and Senior Vice President, Theatre Development & Film Distribution.

Brian Bonnick joined the Company in January 1999 as Vice President, Research & Technology and was appointed Chief Technology Officer in October 2011. Previous to that, Mr. Bonnick held the position of Executive Vice President, Technology since June 2006 and held the position of Senior Vice President, Technology from August 2001 to June 2006. 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.

Andrew Cripps joined the Company in February 2012 as Executive Vice President and serves as President, Europe, Middle East and Africa (“EMEA”). Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Cripps was President, Paramount Pictures International from 2007 to 2012.  Prior to that, Mr. Cripps held various positions at UIP, a joint venture distribution company between Paramount and Universal from 1986 to 2007 including President and COO, Vice-President, Sales, South East Asia, Senior Vice President, International Sales and Executive Assistant to the General Manager, Japan. Mr. Cripps is a member of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Mr. Cripps was a member of the Operating Committee and the Compensation Committee of United International Pictures from January 2007 to December 2011.

Carrie Lindzon-Jacobs joined the Company in May 2011 as Senior Vice President, Human Resources and was appointed Executive Vice President, Human Resources in May 2012. Prior to joining the Company, Ms. Lindzon-Jacobs was Head of Human Resources and Organizational Development at Courtyard Group from 2007 to 2011.  Prior to that Ms. Lindzon-Jacobs held various positions at the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC) from 2001 to 2007 including Head of Human Resources, Amicus (President's Choice Financial Banking) and concurrently Director, Human Resources, International Retail and Wealth Management. Ms. Lindzon-Jacobs is a member of the Human Resources Professional Association.

G. Mary Ruby joined the Company in October 1987 as Associate General Counsel and was appointed Chief Administrative Officer & Corporate Secretary in March 2011. Previous to that, Ms. Ruby held the position of Executive Vice President, Corporate Services (Legal, Human Resources and Administration) & Corporate Secretary since January 2008 and has held various other positions within the Company including Senior Vice President, Human Resources and Administration; Senior Vice President, Legal Affairs & Corporate Secretary; and General Counsel of the Company. 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.

Eileen Campbell joined the Company in July 2013 as Chief Marketing Officer.  Prior to joining the Company, from 2007 to 2013 Ms. Campbell was the Global Chief Executive Officer for the brand building consulting agency, Millward Brown, and held various other executive positions at Millward Brown from 2000-2007.  Prior to that, Ms. Campbell led Angus Reid Group’s market research and global expansion divisions.  Ms. Campbell was employed at NFO Research from 1979 to 1996, most recently as Senior Vice President.  Ms. Campbell is a member of the Council of American Survey Research Organizations.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Bradley J. Wechsler (New York, NY)

Bradley Wechsler assumed the role of sole Chairman of the Company's Board of Directors in April 2009. Mr. Wechsler served as Co-Chief Executive Officer of the Company with Mr. Gelfond from May 1996 to March 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 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 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Mr. Wechsler’s long service as Co-Chief Executive Officer of the Company, as well as his financial, legal and capital markets expertise, combined with his extensive knowledge of the business and operations of the Company are valuable assets to the Board. Due to Mr. Wechsler’s long-time leadership role in the Company and in the marketplace, he brings to the Board a practical understanding of the organization, its processes, strategy, risk management and the optimal methods to drive change and growth. In addition, Mr. Wechsler brings particular expertise in board leadership and governance given his long service as Co-Chairman of the Board.

Richard L. Gelfond (New York, NY)

Richard Gelfond assumed the role of sole Chief Executive Officer of the Company in April 2009. Mr. Gelfond served as Co-Chairman of the Company with Mr. Wechsler from June 1999 to March 2009 and Co-Chief Executive Officer with Mr. Wechsler from May 1996 to March 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. Mr. Gelfond is a member of the board of directors of the Atlantic Counsel. He is also a Member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. 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. Mr. Gelfond’s long service as Chief Executive Officer of the Company (formerly Co-Chief Executive Officer), as well as his marketing, financial, legal and capital markets expertise, combined with his extensive knowledge of the business, operations and domestic and international markets of the Company and his relationships with studios, exhibitors and senior management with the Company, are valuable assets to the Board. Due to Mr. Gelfond’s long-time leadership role in the Company and in the marketplace, he brings to the Board a practical understanding of the organization, its processes, strategy, risk management and optimal methods to drive change and growth.

Neil S. Braun (New York, NY)

Neil Braun has been a director of the Company since June 2003 and is the Dean of Pace University’s Lubin School of Business and a member of the University Operating Committee. 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. He serves as the Chairman of the Audit Committee of Share our Strength and is the President of the Board of Directors of the Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center. 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 and Governance Committees. Mr. Braun’s experience as a senior executive of a number of entertainment, technology and other companies as well as his current role as business school dean allows him to provide valuable insight into issues and opportunities facing the Company and has given him financial expertise which is valuable to the Audit Committee.

Eric A. Demirian (Toronto, Ontario)

Eric 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 Descartes Systems Group and Enghouse Systems Ltd. Mr. Demirian is a former director and Chair of the Audit Committee of Leisure Canada Inc. (2010–2011), Menu Foods Income Fund (2005-2010) and Keystone North America Inc. (2007–2010). Mr. Demirian is also on the board of Delego Software Inc., a privately owned software company. He is a Chartered Accountant and a Certified General Accountant. Mr. Demirian’s accounting experience combined with his substantial business and transaction experience make him well suited to assist the Board in its assessment of financial and accounting matters. With his strong financial background, Mr. Demirian serves as the Chair of the Audit Committee and meets the SEC definition of an Audit Committee financial expert. Mr. Demirian is also a member of the Company’s Compensation Committee.

Garth M. Girvan (Toronto, Ontario)

Gary 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 is a member of the Company’s Governance Committee. Mr. Girvan is a former director of Corby Distilleries Limited (1998–2007). Mr. Girvan brings to the Board his extensive background as legal counsel to public and private companies, including having provided recognized leadership in complex public and private equity and debt financings, which makes him well-suited to assist the Board in addressing the legal, financial and governance issues which it faces.

David W. Leebron (Houston, Texas)

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 at Columbia University School of Law since 1996 and Professor of Law since 1989. Mr. Leebron is on the Council on Foreign Relations, the board of the Greater Houston Partnership, vice chair of Internet2, and is a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I Board of Directors and Executive Committee. Mr. Leebron serves as Chairman of the Governance Committee of the Company and is a member of the Company’s Audit Committee. Mr. Leebron brings his broad legal experience, leadership and management skills as President of Rice University and former Dean of Columbia Law School to the Board which makes him well suited to assess legal risks and other challenges faced by the Company, as well as to apply his experience to governance issues facing the Board.

Michael Lynne (New York, NY)

Michael Lynne was appointed a director of the Company in July 2013.  He is a Principal of Unique Features LLC, a film and television production company.  Prior to the launch of Unique Features, Mr. Lynne was Co-Chairman and Co-Chief Executive Officer of New Line Cinema Corporation and was an Executive Producer of New Line’s historically successful The Lord of the Rings trilogy.  Mr. Lynne is a member of the Boards of the Museum of Modern Art and Citymeals-on-Wheels and chairs the Museum Committee of Guild Hall of East Hampton.  Mr. Lynne is a member of the Board of Visitors of Columbia Law School and is a long-time trustee of the Brooklyn College Foundation. He has also been a member of the Board of the publicly traded REIT, Vornado Realty Trust, since 2005 and serves as Chair of the Compensation Committee.  Mr. Lynne also served as the Time Warner, Inc. representative on the Time Warner Cable Board from 2006 until 2008 and chaired their Compensation Committee.  Mr. Lynne is a member of the New York Bar.  Mr. Lynne’s experience as a senior executive of a number of entertainment and film production companies, as well as his extensive board experience, will bring valuable industry insight and expertise to the Board’s deliberations in these areas. 

Michael MacMillan (Toronto, Ontario)

Michael MacMillan has been a director of the Company since June 2013.  He is Chief Executive Officer of Blue Ant Media, a Canadian media company which he co-founded in 2011. Blue Ant has an ownership interest in eight Canadian specialty television channels, as well as digital media properties and magazines. Mr. MacMillan was Chairman and/or CEO of Alliance Atlantis Communications from 1998 to 2007. Mr. MacMillan co-founded Atlantis Films Limited in 1978 which acquired Alliance Communications in a reverse takeover in 1998 and the company subsequently became Alliance Atlantis Communications. Mr. MacMillan retired from Alliance Atlantis in 2007 after selling the company to Canwest Communications and Goldman Sachs. In 2007, he also co-founded, and serves as Chair of Samara, a think tank that works to strengthen political engagement in Canada through innovative research and educational programs. Mr. MacMillan is a director of Knowledge First Financial. Additionally, Mr. MacMillan is co-founder and co-owner of Closson Chase, a vineyard and winery in Prince Edward County, Ontario, Canada. He has additionally volunteered with numerous community and industry organizations over many years, and is currently involved with Open Roof Films, Human Rights Watch, Civix and the Toronto East General Hospital, amongst other organizations. Mr. MacMillan is a Canadian citizen. Mr. MacMillan's extensive experience in the entertainment industry brings additional expertise to the Board. Mr. MacMillan will qualify as an independent director within the meaning of Section 303A of the NYSE Listed Company Manual.

I. Martin Pompadur (New York, NY)

Martin Pompadur has been a director of the Company since September 2010. Mr. Pompadur is the Chairman of Metan Development Group (“Metan”). Metan was created to develop and distribute entertainment content for the Chinese market and also to develop and distribute entertainment content in China for global audiences. 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 and is Chairman of Metan Media, a TV production/media company in China. 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 serves as Chairman of the Company’s Compensation Committee. Mr. Pompadur brings to the Board his broad international perspective gained from many years of experience as a senior executive and board member of large media companies. Mr. Pompadur’s deep knowledge of business development and media strategy is a valuable addition to the Board.

Marc A. Utay (New York, NY)

Marc 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. From 1992 to 2012, Mr. Utay was a director of P&F Industries, Inc. and served as P&F Industries Lead Independent Director from 2010 to 2012. Mr. Utay is a member of the Company’s Compensation Committee. Mr. Utay is a seasoned entrepreneur who has more than 25 years of experience in investment banking and in direct investment in public and private companies and funds. He also brings particular expertise to the Board in the areas of financial planning, the capital markets and operating experience that strengthens the Board’s skill in those areas.

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