Former Senator Chris Dodd, the current CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America, Inc. (MPAA) as well as Verizon Digital Media Services president David Rips have been elected to the AFI Board of Trustees the organization said Wednesday. Dodd and Rips join executives from American Airlines, Hewlett-Packard, Paramount Pictures, and more on the board.

The full release is below.

MPAA'S Chris Dodd and Verizon's David Rips Elected to AFI Board of Trustees

Lisa Arpey, Todd Bradley, Roger Enrico, Brad Grey, Jonathan Miller, Frank Pierson, Anne Sweeney, Thomas Tull and Michael Wright Return to the AFI Board of Trustees

LOS ANGELES, October 5, 2011 – The American Film Institute (AFI) announced today that Chris Dodd, former United States Senator of Connecticut and Chairman and CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America, Inc. (MPAA), and David Rips, President of Verizon Digital Media Services, have been elected to the AFI Board of Trustees, which will next meet on Thursday, October 6 in Los Angeles.

Voted to return to the AFI Board of Trustees for new three-year terms are leaders of the motion picture and television communities and leaders from global goods and services companies, including Lisa Arpey (American Airlines), Todd Bradley (Hewlett-Packard, Co.), Brad Grey (Paramount Pictures), Jonathan Miller (News Corporation), Frank Pierson (Writer/Director and Artistic Director of the AFI Conservatory), Anne Sweeney (Disney-ABC Television Group), Thomas Tull (Legendary Pictures) and Michael Wright (Turner Entertainment), as well as Roger Enrico (DreamWorks Animation SKG), who was re-elected to the AFI Board of Directors for a new term.

Sir Howard Stringer, Chairman and CEO of the Sony Corporation, is Chair of the 62-member AFI Board of Trustees, which is comprised of leadership that represents the moving image arts community in different and diverse ways and provides different backgrounds and areas of expertise in their Trustee role.

Robert A. Daly, former Warner Bros. Chairman and CEO, is Chair of the 21-member AFI Board of Directors, which acts as an executive committee, setting the Institute's priorities and overseeing its programs. AFI Board of Directors also sit on the AFI Board of Trustees.

About Chris Dodd
As Chairman and CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), Senator Dodd leads the Association's advocacy on behalf of the US motion picture, home video and television industries around the world. Appointed in March 2011, Dodd's message is clear and simple – when it comes to growing the US economy, creating jobs, promoting trade and American innovation – movies matter. Senator Dodd served in the US Congress representing Connecticut for 36 years – six years in the House of Representatives and thirty years in the Senate. As a key participant in nearly every major national policy debate over the past three decades, Senator Dodd authored or co-authored major legislation in the areas of education, health, financial services, foreign policy and election reform.

Dodd joins guild and academy leaders Taylor Hackford, President, Directors Guild of America; Ken Howard, President, Screen Actors Guild; Christopher Keyser, President, Writers Guild of America; John Shaffner, President, Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and Tom Sherak, President, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences as ex officio members of the AFI Board of Trustees.

About David Rips
As President of Verizon Digital Media Services, Rips leads the development and sales of sophisticated digital content management and distribution services to a wide range of businesses, including film studios, broadcast and cable networks, publishers and digital media retailers. Rips has more than 25 years of experience implementing innovative business concepts and technologies, including 20 years working directly for and with media and entertainment companies such as Deloitte Consulting LLP as Principal and Director in the Media and Entertainment practice and as a senior executive with Sony Pictures Entertainment.