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Ed Catmull Named Pixar President

Ed Catmull, Pixar Animation Studios co-founder, has been named president of the company. Catmull has served as a member of the company's executive team and chief technical officer since the incorporation of the company in 1986. In his new role as president, Catmull will report to chairman and CEO Steve Jobs and work closely with Jobs and Pixar's executive team to guide Pixar's growth. "Ed and I founded Pixar almost 15 years ago, and we've been through thick and thin together," said Jobs. "There is no one I trust more to help Pixar realize its destiny as one of the premier animation studios in the world." Catmull has been twice honored with the Scientific and Technical Engineering Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences (AMPAS) for his work. Most recently, the AMPAS Board of Governors voted to honor him, along with senior scientists Loren Carpenter and Rob Cook, with an Oscar for "significant advancements to the field of motion picture rendering as exemplified in Pixar's RenderMan." The award will be presented as part of the 73rd Scientific and Technical Academy Awards ceremony presentation on March 3. Catmull was also acknowledged for his achievements and contributions to the field of engineering by his induction into the National Academy of Engineering in October 2000.

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