The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences’ Board of Governors pulled off a surprise Thursday night, naming an outsider as CEO, the L.A. Times reported.
The job went to Dawn Hudson, former head of Film Independent. Longtime Academy exec Ric Robertson, who was expected to get the CEO job, was named chief operating officer.
The moves lock in the executive structure that will replace retiring executive director Bruce Davis.
Hudson spent 20 years overseeing Film Independent, which produces the Spirit Awards and the L.A. Film Festival, the story notes.
"We are a different organization than we used to be,” Academy President Tom Sherak said in a statement. “Now, with the leadership team of Dawn as our CEO and Rick as our COO, we have the ideal combination of new vision and institutional continuity to move us forward.”