Magazine article Screen International

European Cinemas Body UNIC Appoints CEO

Magazine article Screen International

European Cinemas Body UNIC Appoints CEO

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Laura Houlgatte Abbott to take over from Jan Runge.

UNIC, the International Union of Cinemas, has appointed Laura Houlgatte Abbott as its new chief executive.

Abbott will take over the role from August, stepping into the shoes vacated by the departing Jan Runge. She joined UNIC in March 2015 as EU affairs executive. She previously worked for the British Council and the Federation of European Publishers, and is fluent in French, English and Spanish.

Abbott will attend the forthcoming CineEurope convention in Barcelona (June 19-22) to introduce herself to the sector.

UNIC represents the interests of cinema trade associations and cinema operators covering 36 countries in Europe and in neighbouring regions.

Phil Clapp, UNIC president, commented: "I first of all want to pay tribute to the work of current CEO Jan Runge over the last six years. The increased influence and profile of UNIC across Europe, as evidenced by the quality of those who applied for this role, speaks volumes for his achievements during his time leading the organisation. …

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