The new head of the Motion Picture Association Of America (MPAA) is former Democratic Senator Christopher J Dodd.

Dodd served five terms in the US Senate from 1981-2011 and starts work as chairman and CEO on Mar 17, a couple of weeks before CinemaCon kicks off in Las Vegas.

During his time as a Connecticut representative Dodd served as chairman of the senate banking committee and was an architect of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.

He also served as acting-chairman of the senate health, education, labor, and pensions committee during the 2009 consideration of the Health Care Reform Act in addition to being a senior member of the senate foreign relations committee.

Responding to welcoming comments by the heads of the US majors, Dodd said: “I am truly excited about representing the interests of one of the most creative and productive industries in America, not only in Washington but around the world,” He added that it was an honour to follow in the footsteps of previous MPAA heads Jack Valenti and Dan Glickman.