Magazine article Screen International

Mary Bacarella Succeeds Deborah Person as SIFF Managing Director

Magazine article Screen International

Mary Bacarella Succeeds Deborah Person as SIFF Managing Director

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The long-time Space Needle executive starts in her new role on Feb 1 and will lead the organisation in tandem with artistic director Carl Spence.

Person served as SIFF managing director since 2005 and will remain on staff through the transition period until the end of the year.

Prior to the Space Needle, Bacarella worked in public relations, handling accounts such as Nintendo, Radio Disney and Wolfgang Puck.

"Mary is the perfect choice to build on SIFF's significant accomplishments and lead the organisation going forward," said Michelle Quisenberry, SIFF board president. "Mary has been involved with SIFF for 15 years and has a deep passion for the organisation, she is a recognised community leader, savvy business executive, and understands SIFF's vision for the future. …

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