O’Reilly was voted in at the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s (HFPA) annual election meeting on June 7 and succeeds Phil Berk.

She was born and raised in Egypt, where she was the youngest woman to become a pilot at the age of 16. She has been a member of the HFPA since 1956 and represents Dubai. O’Reilly previously served as president from 1994-1996.

“I am thrilled and honoured to serve as the HFPA’s president once again,” O’Reilly said. “I believe in the vitality of the membership and what we have to contribute to the future of the industry both here and abroad. Now let’s get to work!”

Jorge Camara, Serge Rakhlin and Ali Sar were elected vice president, executive secretary, and treasurer, respectively. The new board of directors comprises Philip Berk (chairman), Yoram Kahana, Yukiko Nakajima, Ruben Nepales, Meher Tatna and Theo Kingma (alternate).

The annual HFPA Installation Luncheon to honour the officers and directors will be held later this summer.