Creative Diplomacy, Producing Shared Stories for Global Audiences
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Charles H. Rivkin joined the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) as CEO on September 5, 2017, and became Chairman on December 6, 2017. He leads the MPAA’s global mission to advance one of the strongest and most vibrant industries – the American motion picture, home video, and television sector. Most recently, he served as Assistant Secretary of State for Economic and Business Affairs from February 2014 to January 2017. He previously served for more than four years as the U.S. Ambassador to France and Monaco, leading a diplomatic mission that contained six constituent posts throughout France and represents more than 50 U.S. government agencies.
Prior to his government service, Ambassador Rivkin worked for more than 20 years in the media sector, where he was President and CEO of award-winning entertainment companies such as The Jim Henson Company and Wildbrain. During this time, Ambassador Rivkin was named one of the 100 Most Creative People in Business by Fast Company.
He received his bachelor’s degree from Yale University in 1984, graduating with distinction in Political Science and International Relations. He received his MBA from Harvard University in 1988. He was personally awarded the Légion d’honneur with the rank of Commander by French President François Hollande (2013). He received the city of Paris’ highest honor – la Grande Médaille de Vermeil de la Ville de Paris – from Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo (2015), and was presented with the U.S. Navy’s Distinguished Public Service Award by Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus (2017).
Today, Ambassador Rivkin serves on the Board of the Pacific Council and Save the Children US. He was elected as a member of the American Academy of Diplomacy in 2017.