Scott Neeson, president of 20th Century Fox International Theatrical, is stepping down from his position at the end of the month.

In a statement, 20th Century Fox said he had "elected to re-direct his interests."

Neeson began his association with 20th Century Fox International Theatrical in 1989 as general manager of the then joint-venture Hoyt's Fox Columbia Tri Star Films in Sydney, Australia.

He relocated to Los Angeles in 1993 as vice president of international marketing, and was promoted senior vice president, then executive vice president in 1997 before taking on the title of division president in 2000.

During this time, he led the marketing efforts on a string of successful film such as Titanic, The Full Monty, Braveheart and Die Another Day.

"This decision was a protracted one and something about which I gave considerable thought over a period of months. You cannot walk away from a company after fourteen years without mixed emotions," said Neeson.

Commenting on the announcement, Fox Filmed Entertainment chairman Jim Gianopulos said, "Collaborating with Scott over so many years has been both an honor and a pleasure. His contributions to the division in terms of leadership and tone saw us through a long list of innovative campaigns, which led to an equally long list of theatrical successes in the international marketplace."

Neeson's initially plans to take a two-month break, with long-anticipated travel plans being first on the agenda.