Bob Pisano, the former head of the Screen Actors Guild, has been named interim chief executive of the Motion Picture Assn. of America as Dan Glickman exits his role as Hollywood's top lobbyist five months sooner than expected.

Glickman announced his resignation in October after five years on the job. At the time, Gickman said he'd stay until September. But the MPAA announced Friday that Glickman was leaving April 1 to become president of Refugees International, an advocacy group that deals with refugee crises.

Pisano has been the MPAA's president and chief operating officer, based in Los Angeles, since 2005. Pisano takes over as interim CEO immediately, though Glickman will remain on the job. Pisano has been mentioned as a possible permanent replacement for Glickman. The MPAA said he would serve as its interim chief "while the search continues for Glickman's replacement."

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