Kirkpatrick will report to Summit COO Bob Hayward and work closely with Summit co-chairmen Patrick Wachsberger and Rob Friedman, who called Kirkpatrick 'an incredible strategist.'
'I am proud to join Rob, Patrick and the rest of the team of talented professionals who are together building a film studio with a fresh vision and strong point of view,' Kirkpatrick said. 'The mix of films that Summit is producing offers a wonderful opportunity to work across all genres and provides a big canvas on which to experiment and break new ground.'
Kirkpatrick has served most of this decade at Paramount's Motion Picture Group where she oversaw campaigns for the Mission Impossible films, War Of The Worlds, Save The Last Dance, Mean Girls, The Hours and The Italian Job, among others.
She began her career at Warner Bros as an administrative assistant and rose to senior vice president of domestic publicity, working on such titles as JFK, Twister, Batman and Eyes Wide Shut.
Summit's domestic slate includes Twilight, The Brothers Bloom and Toronto acquisition The Hurt Locker from Kathryn Bigelow.