Michael O'Leary, the MPAA's top official tasked with overseeing its lobbying and advocacy efforts, is leaving his post at the end of June.
In a statement released by the association, O'Leary said that "having accomplished many of my goals at the MPAA, I am excited to move on to new career challenges."
He will assume an advisory role at the MPAA during the search for his successor.
O'Leary joined the MPAA in 2005, and in 2011, after Chris Dodd became the new chairman of the association, was promoted to senior executive vice president for global policy and external affairs. He also was a member of the MPAA's board of directors.
"It is difficult to leave a place after nine great years, but the time is right," he said. "I will miss working with so many talented people, but I am very proud of my time at the MPAA and everything we accomplished together."
Dodd said in a statement that he wanted "to thank Michael for his tireless commitment to this association and the creative community for his leadership here for so many years."
Since he started at the MPAA on March 17, 2011, Dodd has brought in a number of new staffers, particularly as there has been pressure from studios to make progress on fighting piracy and boosting trade, but he also promoted O'Leary several months later.
Since then, Dodd has hired a number of other senior officials, including Diane Strahan, named chief operating officer in January, 2013, and Steven Fabrizio, who joined the MPAA a global general counsel late last year.
The MPAA said that O'Leary elected to leave, but that he indicated that he will take some time in deciding what to do next.
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