NATO President-CEO John Fithian to Retire Next May After 30 Years

The National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO) Oct. 10 announced the retirement of CEO John Fithian, effective May 1, 2023. NATO’s executive board has begun a search process for Fithian’s successor. Fithian’s retirement marks the end of 30 years of service to the association.

Initially engaged as outside counsel in 1992, Fithian assumed the
presidency in 2000, at the beginning of a period of profound change in the
industry, including the arrival of streaming video, premium VOD and a shortened theatrical window.

“It is nearly impossible to sum up a career of three decades in a few
sentences,” Fithian said in a statement. “I will leave that to others. But my highest goal was always to leave this organization and this industry stronger and more effective than I found it — and more importantly — to ensure that it remains strong and effective after I am gone. The professional and experienced staff I leave behind and the culture of service we have built together is a legacy to be proud of.”

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NATO Chairman Rolando Rodriguez said Fithian’s impact on the movie theater industry is profound and lasting.

“Whether in Hollywood, Washington, D.C., or internationally, NATO’s reach and effectiveness as an advocate for the movie theater industry has grown and sharpened under John’s leadership,” Rodriguez said. “We have big shoes to fill, and we offer John our profoundest thanks for all his years of service.”

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