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HFPA names new president; Philip Berk named chairman

June 9, 2011 |  9:29 pm

Aida The Hollywood Foreign Press Assn., the governing body behind the annual Golden Globe Awards, has named Aida Takla O'Reilly the new president of the organization for the upcoming year. She succeeds Philip Berk, who served in the position for eight years and was named chairman of the organization.

This will be O'Reilly's second term in office. The Egyptian PhD, who has been a member of HFPA since 1956 representing Dubai, previously held the presidency from 1994 through 1996.

"I believe in the vitality of the membership and what we have to contribute to the future of the industry both here and abroad," O'Reilly said in a statement. "Now let's get back to work!"

Jorge Camara was elected vice president of the organization. Serge Rakhlin was named executive secretary ,and Ali Sar is now treasurer. The 69th annual Golden Globe Awards presentation is scheduled to be held on Jan. 15.

-- Nicole Sperling

Photo: Aida Takla O'Reilly. Credit: HFPA