The indie veteran succeeds the late Graham Leggat and his appointment is effective from Nov 7.

Ray comes to the San Francisco Film Society from New York City, where he recently served as the first run programming consultant to the Film Society Of Lincoln Center, executive consultant to the digital distribution company SnagFilms and adjunct professor at New York University’s Tisch School Of the Arts.

“Few veteran industry professionals are more highly regarded, have broader experience or a better track record of success in all facets of the film world than Bingham,” SFFS board president Pat McBaine said.

“With his extensive background as a major studio executive, founder of October Films, adjunct professor at NYU and consultant to numerous film societies, festivals and companies, Bingham is a perfect and timely fit to carry on Graham’s legacy and build on the foundation of our year-round exhibition, education and filmmaker services programs.”

“This opportunity defines the phrase ‘too good to be true’ for me,” Ray said. “To be invited to head one of the world’s greatest, most prestigious film societies, in one of the world’s greatest cities, is beyond extraordinary. Stepping in behind Graham Leggat is truly a daunting task.”

Ray previously worked at Sidney Kimmel Entertainment as president of distribution and creative affairs. He was appointed president of United Artists in 2001 and co-founded October Films in 1991.