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Chris Day to Exit as UTA Corporate Communications Chief

Variety logo Variety 12/6/2016 Cynthia Littleton
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Chris Day, the longtime head of corporate communications for UTA, will exit his post in January after 17 years with the talent agency.

Day made the decision to step down to explore new options at a fast-changing time for media and entertainment businesses. During his tenure, Day has overseen all media and public relations for UTA. He also was a key player in the expansion of its corporate consulting practice, the launch of its philanthropic UTA Foundation arm and the recent establishment of the UTA Artist Space near downtown Los Angeles.

“Chris is a consummate pro who has led our media strategy through many game-changing events in our history,” said Jeremy Zimmer, CEO of UTA. “We are grateful for the invaluable counsel he has provided to the agency and our clients, and for the many ways he has gone above and beyond his role. We reluctantly accept his decision to leave, and we look forward to working with him in whatever role he tackles next.”

Day ranks as the longest-serving of the major talent agency PR chiefs. His time at the agency coincided with UTA’s growth from a startup operation to one of the four largest percenteries in the entertainment industry. The job description of corporate communications chief has also greatly expanded on Day’s watch, given the intensity of media coverage of client activities coupled with heightened focus on the agency business itself from mainstream business media.

At present, Day is considering a few possible next moves but has not yet made a decision. UTA will mount a search for his successor.

“UTA is an extraordinary place that has given me unlimited opportunity, and I’m grateful to Jeremy and the board for entrusting me with this role for 17 years,” Day said. “It’s an incredibly tough decision to leave a company I’m so proud to be a part of, but after a long run, I’m excited to explore new challenges.”

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