Kurt Hall to step down as National CineMedia CEO

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National CineMedia, Inc., the managing member and owner of 45.2% of National CineMedia, LLC, the operator of the largest in-theatre digital media network in North America, announced the implementation of its chairman and CEO succession plan. Kurt C. Hall, who helped found the company in 2005 with the three leading cinema operators AMC, Cinemark and Regal, will retire as chairman, president and CEO upon the appointment of his CEO successor.

The board of directors has retained executive search firm Heidrick & Struggles to identify a new CEO to succeed Hall. Upon the appointment of a new CEO, Scott N. Schneider, currently lead director of the company’s board, will succeed Hall as chairman of the board and Hall will continue in a 24-month consulting role as an advisor to the board and CEO to facilitate the transition and consult on other business matters.
“It has been an honor and a privilege to lead NCM’s talented and dedicated team from start-up through an exciting period of growth,” said Hall. “Since our initial public offering in 2007, we have consistently returned value to our shareholders as we have expanded the company into a leading video advertising network through the creation of the world’s largest cinema digital distribution network and formation of an expanding theatre circuit and advertising client relationship base. Given NCM’s recent strong financial performance and strengthening market position, now seemed like the right time to transition to the next generation of leadership. It is also important to me to reduce my day-to-day participation with our company so that I can spend more time with my family after recovery from some recent health issues. With a meaningful investment in the company, I look forward to continuing to work with the company’s board and leadership team to ensure a seamless transition and strong growth and shareholder value creation for many years to come.”

“On behalf of the NCM board, I want to thank Kurt for his commitment and many years of contributions to our company,” said Schneider. “Under his leadership, NCM has driven continued geographic expansion through additional theatre circuit agreements, improved our advertising products, and significantly increased advertising revenue for our theatre circuit partners and dividends for our shareholders. Kurt has set the tone for our company for over ten years, founding a structure that has provided enormous value to our shareholders, employees and affiliated theatres, and leading the company to compete aggressively in the challenging video advertising marketplace. I am confident that the company has a strong foundation in place and will continue to strengthen our offerings to drive growth and shareholder value under new leadership.”