Academy Elevates Clarke to Senior Information Technology Post
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has promoted Megan Clarke to the newly created post of Managing Director, Information Technology, Academy COO Ric Robertson announced today. Clarke will report directly to Robertson.
“Megan is a talented executive who is leading our efforts on a number of important and exciting initiatives,” said Robertson. “Our reliance on her skills is only going to increase in the coming months and years.”
Clarke has been a member of the Academy staff since 2008. In that time, she has steered efforts to overhaul the Academy’s technological infrastructure and helped to ensure the integrity, longevity and security of millions of pieces of data.
In her new position, Clarke will be responsible for devising and implementing a unified technology strategy for each of the Academy’s various departments and for the organization as a whole. Supervising a team of in-house staff members, independent contractors and development partners, Clarke will help define the Academy’s short- and long-term technology needs and oversee a number of major projects designed to meet them. These endeavors include the consolidation of multiple databases used by different arms of the Academy as well as a new approach to digital asset management. This initiative will ensure that millions of Academy assets, including the posters and still photographs housed at the Margaret Herrick Library, will be efficiently digitized, archived and made accessible. Most notably, Clarke will supervise the Academy’s transition to electronic voting for the upcoming 85th Academy Awards®.
Prior to joining the Academy staff, Clarke spent five years at the Recording Academy, co-producers of the annual Grammy Awards®, where she last held the title of Chief Information Officer.