Executive Officers & Board of Directors

Executive Officers & Board of Directors

Executive Officers

Adam M. Aron
Adam M. Aron
Chief Executive Officer and President
Adam M. Aron Mr. Aron has served as Chief Executive Officer, President and a director of the Company since January 2016. From February 2015 to December 2015, Mr. Aron served as Chief Executive Officer of Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide, Inc. Since 2006, Mr. Aron has served as Chairman and Chief executive Officer of World Leisure Partners, Inc. a personal consultancy for matters related to travel and tourism, high-end real estate development, and professional sports, that he founded. Mr. Aron served as Chief Executive Officer and Co-Owner of the Philadelphia 76ers from 2011 to 2013, and remains a co-owner currently. From 2006 to 2015, Mr. Aron served as Senior Operating Partner of Apollo Management L.P. Mr. Aron currently serves on the board of directors of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings, Ltd. and the Philadelphia 76ers. Formerly Mr. Aron served as chief executive officer of Vail Resorts (1996 - 2006) and Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings, Ltd. (1993 - 1996) and chief marketing officer of United Airlines (1990 - 1993) and Hyatt Hotels & Resorts (1987 - 1990). Mr. Aron received a masters of business administration degree with distinction from the Harvard Business School and a bachelor of arts degree cum laude from Harvard College. Mr. Aron brings to the Board significant business and executive leadership experience, including valuable insight into consumer services. He has more than 20 years of experience as a Chief Executive Officer, more than 25 years of experience as a corporate Director, and more than 35 years of consumer-engagement experience.
Craig R. Ramsey
Craig R. Ramsey
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Craig R. Ramsey Mr. Craig R. Ramsey has served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Parent since June 2007. Mr. Ramsey has served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of AMCE and American Multi-Cinema, Inc. since April 2003. Previously, Mr. Ramsey served as Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Secretary of AMCE and American Multi-Cinema, Inc. since April 2002. Mr. Ramsey served as Senior Vice President, Finance, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Accounting Officer, of AMCE and American Multi-Cinema, Inc. from August 1998 until May 2002. Mr. Ramsey has served as a Director of American Multi-Cinema, Inc. since September 1999. Mr. Ramsey was elected Chief Accounting Officer of AMCE and American Multi-Cinema, Inc. in February 2000. Mr. Ramsey served as Vice President, Finance from January 1997 to October 1999 and prior thereto, Mr. Ramsey served as Director of Information Systems and Director of Financial Reporting since joining American Multi-Cinema, Inc. in February 1995. Mr. Ramsey has over 30 years of experience in finance in public and private companies. Mr. Ramsey serves on the board of directors for Open Road Films and NCM. Mr. Ramsey holds a B.S. degree in Accounting and Business Administration from the University of Kansas.
Elizabeth Frank
Elizabeth Frank
Executive Vice President and Chief Content & Programming Officer
Elizabeth Frank Ms. Elizabeth Frank has served as Executive Vice President, Chief Content & Programming Officer for AMCE since July 2012. Between August 2010 and July 2012, Ms. Frank served as Senior Vice President, Strategy and Strategic Partnerships. Prior to joining AMCE, Ms. Frank served as Senior Vice President of Global Programs for AmeriCares. Prior to AmeriCares, Ms. Frank served as Vice President of Corporate Strategic Planning for Time Warner Inc. Prior to Time Warner Inc., Ms. Frank was a partner at McKinsey & Company for nine years. Ms. Frank serves on the board of directors of Open Roads Releasing, LLC. Ms. Frank holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Lehigh University and a Masters of Business Administration from Harvard University.
John D. McDonald
John D. McDonald
Executive Vice President, U.S. Operations
John D. McDonald Mr. John D. McDonald has served as Executive Vice President, U.S. Operations of Parent and AMCE since July 2009. Mr. McDonald has served as Director of American Multi-Cinema, Inc. since November 2007 and has served as Executive Vice President, U.S. Operations of American Multi-Cinema, Inc. since July 2009. Prior to July 2009, Mr. McDonald served as Executive Vice President, U.S. and Canada Operations of American Multi-Cinema, Inc. effective October 1998. Mr. McDonald served as Senior Vice President, Corporate Operations from November 1995 to October 1998. Mr. McDonald is a member of the National Association of Theatre Owners Advisory board of directors, Chairman of the Technology Committee for the National Association of Theatre Owners, and member of the board of directors for DCIP. Mr. McDonald has successfully managed the integration for the Gulf States, General Cinema, Loews, and Kerasotes mergers and acquisitions. Mr. McDonald attended California State Polytechnic University where he studied economics and history.
Mark A. McDonald
Mark A. McDonald
Executive Vice President, Global Development
Mark A. McDonald Mr. Mark A. McDonald has served as Executive Vice President, Global Development since July 2009 of Parent and AMCE. Prior thereto, Mr. McDonald served as Executive Vice President, International Operations of Parent, Holdings and AMCE from October 2008 to July 2009. Mr. McDonald has served as Executive Vice President, International Operations of American Multi-Cinema, Inc., and AMC Entertainment International, Inc. ("AMCEI"), a former subsidiary of American Multi-Cinema, Inc., since March 2007 and December 1998, respectively. Prior thereto, Mr. McDonald served as Senior Vice President, Asia Operations from November 1995 until his appointment as Executive Vice President, International Operations and Film in December 1998. Mr. McDonald served on the board of directors of AMCEI from March 2007 to May 2010. Mr. McDonald holds a B.A. degree from the University of Southern California and a M.B.A. from the Anderson School at University of California Los Angeles.
Stephen A. Colanero
Stephen A. Colanero
Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer
Stephen A. Colanero Mr. Stephen A. Colanero has served as Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer of Parent and AMCE since December 2009. Prior to joining AMC, Mr. Colanero served as Vice President of Marketing for RadioShack Corporation from April 2008 to December 2009. Mr. Colanero also served as Senior Vice President of Retail Marketing for Washington Mutual Inc. from February 2006 to August 2007 and as Senior Vice President, Strategic Marketing for Blockbuster Inc. from November 1994 to January 2006. Mr. Colanero holds a B.S. degree in Accounting from Villanova University and a M.B.A. in Marketing and Strategic Management from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Kevin M. Connor
Kevin M. Connor
Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary
Kevin M. Connor Mr. Kevin M. Connor has served as Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of Parent since June 2007. Mr. Connor has served as Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of AMCE and American Multi-Cinema, Inc. since April 2003. Prior to April 2003, Mr. Connor served as Senior Vice President, Legal of AMCE and American Multi-Cinema, Inc. beginning November 2002. Prior thereto, Mr. Connor was in private practice in Kansas City, Missouri as a partner with the firm Seigfreid, Bingham, Levy, Selzer and Gee from October 1995. Mr. Connor holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and History from Vanderbilt University, a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Kansas School of Law and a LLM in Taxation from the University of Missouri—Kansas City.
Chris A. Cox
Chris A. Cox
Senior Vice President and Chief Accounting Officer
Chris A. Cox Mr. Chris A. Cox has served as Senior Vice President and Chief Accounting Officer of Parent since June 2010. Prior thereto Mr. Cox served as Vice President and Chief Accounting Officer of Parent and Holdings since June 2007 and December 2004, respectively. Mr. Cox has served as Vice President and Chief Accounting Officer of AMCE and American Multi-Cinema, Inc. since May 2002. Prior to May 2002, Mr. Cox served as Vice President and Controller of American Multi-Cinema, Inc. since November 2000. Previously, Mr. Cox served as Director of Corporate Accounting for the Dial Corporation from December 1999 until November 2000. Mr. Cox holds a Bachelor's of Business Administration in Accounting and Finance degree from the University of Iowa.
Carla C. Sanders
Carla C. Sanders
Senior Vice President, Human Resources
Carla C. Sanders Carla C. Sanders, CBP, CCP, PHR, is senior vice president, human resources for AMC Entertainment Inc. (AMC), where she is responsible for all aspects of human resources including recruitment, diversity, training, organizational development, talent development, compensation & benefits, payroll, recognition, and community relations. Sanders began her AMC career in 1988 as a theatre manager in Philadelphia, and six years later joined the company’s human resources department as a coordinator based in California. By 1997 she had been promoted to human resources manager, and in 1999, she joined AMC’s employment practices division at the company’s headquarters in Kansas City, Missouri as manager. In 2002, Sanders was named director, employment practices and served in this capacity until being named vice president, recruitment and development in 2005. Her area of responsibility changed again in 2006 to include human resources services and systems. Sanders serves as co-chair for the AMC Cares Invitational and is a member of the AMC Investment Committee. She is currently a board member for the Quality Hill Playhouse and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kansas City. She was a board member at large for the Kansas City Compensation and Benefits Association in 2008 and a steering committee member of Speaking of Women’s Health for Shawnee Mission Medical Center. She also participates in various national industry-related organizations including the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and WorldatWork. Sanders earned a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from The Pennsylvania State University.

Board of Directors

Lin Zhang
Chairman of the Board
Mr. Lin Zhang has served as Chairman and a director of the Company since August 2012. Mr. Zhang has served as President of Wanda Cultural Industry Group since 2012. Mr. Zhang has served on the board of directors of Wanda Cinemaline Corporation since November 2006, Dalian Wanda Commercial Properties Co., Limited since December 2009, and Dalian Wanda Group Co., Limited since February 2011. Mr. Zhang also currently serves on the board of directors of Infront Sports & Media AG, Atletico De Madrid, and World Triathlon Corporation since 2015. Prior thereto, Mr. Zhang served as Vice President of Dalian Wanda Group Co., Limited from December 2009 to December 2012. Mr. Zhang received an M.B.A. from Beijing University and a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Dongbei University of Finance and Economics. Mr. Zhang is a non-practicing member of the Chinese Institute of Certified Public Accountants and a non-practicing member of the China Certified Tax Agents Association. Mr. Zhang has over 15 years of experience in financial management and operation management of large companies, especially in corporate strategy and investment, which makes him well-positioned to serve as a director for the Company.
Adam M. Aron
Adam M. Aron
Adam M. Aron Mr. Aron has served as Chief Executive Officer, President and a director of the Company since January 2016. From February 2015 to December 2015, Mr. Aron served as Chief Executive Officer of Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide, Inc. Since 2006, Mr. Aron has served as Chairman and Chief executive Officer of World Leisure Partners, Inc. a personal consultancy for matters related to travel and tourism, high-end real estate development, and professional sports, that he founded. Mr. Aron served as Chief Executive Officer and Co-Owner of the Philadelphia 76ers from 2011 to 2013, and remains a co-owner currently. From 2006 to 2015, Mr. Aron served as Senior Operating Partner of Apollo Management L.P. Mr. Aron currently serves on the board of directors of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings, Ltd. and the Philadelphia 76ers. Formerly Mr. Aron served as chief executive officer of Vail Resorts (1996 - 2006) and Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings, Ltd. (1993 - 1996) and chief marketing officer of United Airlines (1990 - 1993) and Hyatt Hotels & Resorts (1987 - 1990). Mr. Aron received a masters of business administration degree with distinction from the Harvard Business School and a bachelor of arts degree cum laude from Harvard College. Mr. Aron brings to the Board significant business and executive leadership experience, including valuable insight into consumer services. He has more than 20 years of experience as a Chief Executive Officer, more than 25 years of experience as a corporate Director, and more than 35 years of consumer-engagement experience.
Jack Q. Gao, Ph.D.
Jack Q. Gao, Ph.D.
Jack Q. Gao, Ph.D. Dr. Jack Q. Gao has served as a Director of AMC Entertainment Holdings, Inc. and AMCE since September 2015.

Dr. Gao serves as the Group Senior Vice President and CEO of International Investments and Operations of Wanda Cultural Industry Group. Dr. Gao joined Wanda Cultural Industry Group since June, 2015.

Dr. Gao was Senior Vice President for News Corporation (NYSE: NWS, 2006~2014). His roles included serving as CEO, NWS China Investments (2010~2014); CEO, Star TV China Co. (2006~2010); Chairman, MySpace China (2007~2010) and Chief Representative, NWS Beijing Representative Office (2006~2014). Earlier, Dr. Gao was President and General Manager of Microsoft China (NASDAQ: MSFT), General Partner of Walden International, a leading venture capital firm in U.S., and Corporate Vice President and President of Emerging Geographies for Autodesk Inc. (NASDAQ: ADSK), where he directed all operations in Greater China and India.

In addition to serving on our board, today, Dr. Gao is on the Boards of Legendary Entertainment, Infront Sports & Media AG, World Triathlon Corporation, Beijing Vantone Industrial Co. Ltd. (CN Stock code: 600246), Sunseeker International and AGTech Holding Ltd. (HKEX: 08279).

Dr. Gao is one of The THR 100: Hollywood Reporter’s Most Powerful People in Entertainment in 2016.

Dr. Gao graduated from the Harbin Institute of Technology and the University of California, Los Angeles with B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. Degrees in Engineering.

Mr. Gao brings to the board valuable insight into business strategies and development, many years of experience as a senior executive, and experience serving on the boards of other companies.

Lloyd Hill
Lloyd Hill
Lloyd Hill Mr. Lloyd Hill has served as a director of the Company since December 2013. Prior to his retirement in 2006, Mr. Hill served as the Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of Applebee’s International, Inc. Mr. Hill serves on the board of directors and as chairman of the compensation committee and member of the audit committee of Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, Inc. and on the board of directors of E.E. Newcomer Enterprises, Inc. Mr. Hill also serves on the board of directors of Saint Luke’s South Hospital, the audit committee for the Saint Luke’s Health System and the development board for the University of Texas Medical Branch. Mr. Hill holds a master’s degree in business administration from Rockhurst University in Kansas City, Missouri. Mr. Hill has extensive experience and knowledge of public company operations, as well as experience serving on the boards of other public companies.
Howard W. “Hawk” Koch, Jr.
Howard W. “Hawk” Koch, Jr.
Howard W. “Hawk” Koch, Jr. Mr. Howard W. 'Hawk' Koch, Jr. has served as a director of the Company since October 2014. Mr. Koch is a veteran movie producer and principal at The Koch Company, the former president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (‘‘AMPAS’’), and President Emeritus of the Producers Guild of America. Mr. Koch currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Motion Picture & Television Fund and the National Film Preservation Foundation. Mr. Koch previously served on the Board of Governors of AMPAS from 2004 to 2013 and the Board of Directors of the Producers Guild of America from 1999 to 2012. Mr. Koch has been intimately involved with the making of over 60 major motion pictures, among them such films as ‘‘Source Code’’, ‘‘Fracture’’, ‘‘Primal Fear’’, ‘‘Marathon Man,’’ ‘‘Chinatown,’’ ‘‘Wayne’s World,’’ ‘‘Peggy Sue Got Married,’’ ‘‘The Idolmaker,’’ ‘‘Heaven Can Wait,’’ ‘‘The Way We Were’’ and ‘‘Rosemary’s Baby.’’ Mr. Koch continues to develop and produce movies. Mr. Koch has over 50 years of experience in the motion picture industry and provides our Board with a unique insight into the production of movies that are exhibited on our screens.
Kathleen M. Pawlus
Kathleen M. Pawlus
Kathleen M. Pawlus Ms. Kathleen M. Pawlus has served as a director of the Company since December 2014. Ms. Pawlus, retired partner of Ernst and Young, LLP (‘‘EY’’), served as the Global Assurance Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer from 2012 to 2014. EY’s Assurance practice is the largest of EY’s four service lines and includes its Audit Practice, Fraud, Investigation and Dispute Services Practice, Climate Change and Sustainability Services Practice and its Financial Accounting Advisory Services Practice. Prior to this, from 2006 to 2012, Ms. Pawlus served as EY’s Americas Chief Financial Officer, Global PBFA Function Leader and US Firm Chief Financial Officer responsible for finance, IT operations, treasury, purchasing and facilities. Ms. Pawlus served on EY’s U.S. Executive Board from 2006 to 2012. Ms. Pawlus earned her bachelor of science degree from Indiana University and is a Certified Public Accountant. Ms. Pawlus brings to the Board extensive financial, accounting, operational and management experience in various capacities with more than 30 years of experience.
Anthony J. Saich
Anthony J. Saich
Anthony J. Saich Mr. Anthony J. Saich has served as a director of the Company since August 2012. Mr. Saich currently serves as the Director of the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation and Daewoo Professor of International Affairs at Harvard University. In his capacity as Ash Center Director, Mr. Saich also serves as the director of the Rajawali Foundation Institute for Asia and the faculty chair of the China Public Policy Program, the Asia Energy Leaders Program and the Leadership Transformation in Indonesia Program. Mr. Saich also serves as the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the China Medical Board and International Bridges to Justice and is the U.S. Secretary-General of the China United States Strategic Philanthropy. Mr. Saich sits on the executive committees of the John King Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies and the Asia Center, both at Harvard University, and serves as the Harvard representative of the Kennedy Memorial Trust. Mr. Saich holds a bachelor’s degree in politics and geography from the University of Newcastle, United Kingdom, a master’s degree in politics with special reference to China from the School of Oriental and African Studies, London University, and has a Ph.D. from the Faculty of Letters, University of Leiden, the Netherlands. Mr. Saich has over 35 years of experience in international affairs, and provides valuable international insights to the Company.
Gary F. Locke
Gary F. Locke
Gary F. Locke Gary F. Locke has served as a director of the Company since February 2016. Mr. Locke is currently a trade consultant and owner of Locke Global Strategies, LLC since 2014. Mr. Locke was the first Chinese American to be elected as a U.S. Governor when the voters of Washington elected him in 1996 and re-elected him in 2000. During his administration he strengthened economic ties between China and Washington State. Mr. Locke then served as U.S. Commerce Secretary from 2009-2011, where he led the effort to implement President Obama’s National Export Initiative to double American exports in five years. He then became America’s 10th Ambassador to China, serving from 2011-2014, and during his service he opened markets for made-in-USA goods and services and reduced wait times for visa interviews of Chinese applicants from 100 days to three days. Mr. Locke is a member of the board of directors of Fortinet, Inc. He attended Yale University, graduating with a Bachelor degree in political science and received his law degree from Boston University. Mr. Locke brings to the Board a global and valuable business perspective due to his extensive role in politics and experience as an Ambassador to China.
Mao Jun (John) Zeng
Mr. Zeng has served as a director of the Company since February 2016. Mr. Zeng has been President of Wanda Cinema Line Co., Ltd, a subsidiary of Wanda group. since March 27, 2014, and has served as a member of its Board of Directors since July 30, 2013. Mr. Zeng holds an undergraduate degree and a master’s degree in business administration from Renmin University of China. Mr. Zeng has experience serving in an executive leadership role at a major theatrical exhibition company in China and brings to the Board valuable theatrical exhibition knowledge.

Contact Information

John Merriwether
Vice President, Investor Relations
AMC Entertainment Holdings, Inc.
11500 Ash Street
Leawood, KS 66211
(866) 248-3872
InvestorRelations@amctheatres.com

Transfer Agent
Computershare
(800) 962-4284
www.computershare.com

Information Request

If you wish to request information or investor materials from AMC Entertainment Holdings, Inc.