Suzanne Blech has been elevated from Executive VP of Screen Media Films to President, the company announced today.

She succeeds Robert Baruc, who "is leaving the company to pursue other opportunities."

Before starting with Screen Media over nine years ago, Blech worked for New Line, Turner, Warner/Elektra/Atlantic and LIVE.

"Suzanne is a seasoned industry leader with a broad range of experience that allows her to anticipate the future of our industry," said Joe Kovacs, President Screen Media Ventures, in a statement. "She is uniquely positioned to ensure Screen Media Films’ growth and viability, and clearly the best choice to lead the division to the next level of domestic film distribution."

Blech will now oversee the fall theatrical releases of Joshua Leonard's dark Sundance comedy "The Lie" and the French action thriller "L'Assault." Next week, she'll be at the Toronto International Film Festival to work on acquisitions for her new slate.