John Fithian, the CEO and President of the National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO) announced he would be retiring from the organization on 1 May 2023.
Fithian’s retirement marks the end of thirty years of service to the association. Initially engaged as outside counsel to NATO in 1992, Fithian assumed the presidency in 2000, at the beginning of a period of profound change in the industry (see attachment).
In announcing his retirement Fithian said “….my highest goal was always to leave this organization and this industry stronger and more effective than I found it – and more importantly – to ensure that it remains strong and effective after I am gone. The professional and experienced staff I leave behind and the culture of service we have built together is a legacy to be proud of.”
NATO’s Executive Board has begun a search process for Fithian’s successor.