Donald Haber Retiring as Executive Director and COO of BAFTA Los Angeles

Donald Haber Retiring as Executive Director and COO of BAFTA Los Angeles

BAFTA LA Executive Director Donald Haber attends the 2013 BAFTA LA Jaguar Britannia Awards presented by BBC America at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on November 9, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California. (Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

Haber has been with BAFTA L.A. for 20 years

Donald Haber is retiring from his position as executive director and COO of BAFTA Los Angeles after 20 years of service.

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Haber shared news of his retirement in a letter to BAFTA L.A. members, ahead of a public announcement. He joined the Los Angeles wing of the British film and television academy's board of directors in 1994, ascended to executive director in 1998 and was made COO in 2006.

The retirement will be effective May 31, 2015, which gives BAFTA L.A. time to choose a successor, Haber said.

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Read Haber's full letter below:

I am writing to let you know, before the public announcement, that I will be retiring May 31, 2015 as Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer of BAFTA Los Angeles. This is something I have long contemplated and believe is appropriate at this time, as I look forward to having more time for my family and other interests. We have just had our most successful year, both financially and creatively, and I am intentionally announcing my retirement now to actively participate in the selection and transition to a new Chief Officer over the next twelve months.

Here is a link to the announcement that will be made later today: http://tinyurl.com/DonaldHaber

I first joined the Board of Directors in 1994, was elected Treasurer in 1996, appointed Executive Director in 1998, and assumed the additional title of Chief Operating Officer in 2006. BAFTA LA has come a long way these past 20 years, and serving as your Executive Director has been an honor. Our growth has been entirely a team effort, which makes our success all the more rewarding.

My thanks goes out to the many Board Members and Officers who have consistently given me their support and worked tirelessly to ensure our Academy's success. I have been fortunate to work alongside seven talented Chairpersons: Arnold Schwartzman OBE, Su Lesser, Gary Dartnall OBE, Peter Morris, Nigel Lythgoe, Neil Stiles, and our present Chairman Nigel Daly. The Board members with whom I have had the privilege to work alongside are too numerous to mention, but the membership should know that they have all contributed greatly to our success.

BAFTA LA currently has, in my opinion, the best staff any Chief Officer could hope to have, and I am grateful for their tireless and effective work in all areas of our Academy. None of our success could have been achieved without their commitment to excellence and service; thank you Matthew Wiseman, Ciaran Toner, Lisa Ogdie, Wayne Watkins, Peter Modeste and Rosalyn Hummel. I especially thank Matthew Wiseman, who joined our staff in January 2002 and now skillfully manages a multitude of roles with great effectiveness as our Director of Operations. I am confident that a year from now BAFTA LA will remain in very capable hands.

BAFTA LA has had many sponsors these past 20 years, and each has been a joy to work with. Their contributions have always been greater than the generous financial support they provide, and I know their support honors our community and outreach achievements more than it has benefited their own interests. I urge all members to continue to support our Sponsors.

Most importantly, I thank each of you, the members of BAFTA LA. Your commitment, ideas, volunteerism, and affection for our Academy have always been an inspiration. You have all contributed to BAFTA LA's success, and your efforts have led our Academy to the success we now collectively enjoy.

Yours truly,
Donald Haber
Executive Director and COO
BAFTA Los Angeles