Kansas City, Mo. (Nov. 26, 2007) - AMC Entertainment Inc. (AMC), one of the world's largest and most innovative theatrical exhibition companies, announces today the hiring of Scott Wall and promotion of five associates: Zach Baze, Greg Endecott, Raj Valluri, Cezanne Wikoff and Ryan Wood. Together, this group represents the diverse experience of associates working at the Kansas City-based company.
"Promoting from within is a key component of associate satisfaction and retention," said Keith Wiedenkeller, senior vice president of human resources at AMC. "And infusing fresh perspectives into the entertainment business through external candidates continues to propel our company forward. Each of these individuals demonstrates a passion for what they do at AMC. I'm proud to work with them."
Wall debuts at AMC in the newly created role of vice president, national sales, overseeing the sale of package tickets, entertainment cards, studio-sponsored screenings and movie premieres. Prior to starring at AMC, Wall worked as a loan consultant with Capital One Home Loans. He also spent more than 10 years working in marketing and communications roles where he implemented marketing programs for a variety of clients. Wall earned a bachelor's degree in business and public administration from the University of Missouri in Columbia, Mo.
Baze was promoted to the position of vice president, marketing, where he is responsible for setting AMC's promotional, interactive, market research and advertising strategies. Previously, Baze served as director, media and marketing alliances, where he managed media buys and sponsorships for AMC. In his two years at AMC, Baze also held manager roles in the corporate communications and marketing departments. He holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kan.
Endecott is now the director of finance, leading financial planning and analysis for AMC. For the past three years, he served as the director of financial reporting, managing both internal and external reporting. Endecott earned a bachelor's degree in finance from Missouri State University in Springfield, Mo. and master's degree in accounting at the University of Missouri in Kansas City, Mo. He is also a Certified Public Accountant.
Valluri was recently promoted to the vice president of design in AMC's design, construction and facilities department where he manages the design of new theatres and supports projects under construction. Valluri began his career at AMC as an architect in May 2006. He obtained his bachelor's degree in architecture from the University of Baroda in Baroda, India and earned a master's degree in architecture and urban design from the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kan. Valluri is also a Registered Architect in Missouri.
Wikoff is now a director of marketing, where she manages AMC's interactive marketing as well as the MovieWatcher® loyalty program. Previously, Wikoff oversaw AMCTheatres.com and MovieWatcher.com as the interactive marketing manager, a position she held since June 2006. Wikoff obtained a bachelor's degree in advertising at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kan.
Wood, a 10-year AMC veteran, is a new vice president of film programming. In his new role, he is responsible for programming movies on 700 screens across AMC theatres. Before his promotion, Wood was the director of film programming operations where he worked with the operations and film departments to maximize profitability for theatres. Wood holds a bachelor's degree in management from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Va.
About AMC Entertainment Inc.
Headquartered in Kansas City, Mo., AMC Entertainment Inc. is one of the world's largest and most innovative theatrical exhibition companies. With a history of industry leadership dating back to 1920, the company today serves more than 230 million guests annually through interests in 358 theatres with 5,128 screens in six countries. www.amctheatres.com.