In Grove’s expanded role as svp of worldwide distribution, studio-exhibitor relations, he will oversee IMAX’s global distribution operation and manage the company’s booming number of international relations.

Groves continues to report to IMAX Filmed Entertainment chairman and president Greg Foster.

“Phil has been a key contributor to the successful transformation of IMAX’s film business and the results of that strategy have been evident,” Foster said.

“We have expanded his position to acknowledge the role he has played, and to enable our growing list of global exhibition and studio partners to have access to Phil’s extensive knowledge of the IMAX distribution business.”

IMAX said that in 2010 13 new exhibition partners opened IMAX® theatres. The company installed 123 theatre systems worldwide, of which 91 were in new locations.