LOS ANGELES, Dec. 15 (UPI) -- AMC Entertainment has named Starwood Hotels head Adam M. Aron as CEO of the movie theater chain, the company announced Tuesday.
Aron, 61, replaces Craig R. Ramsey, who held the post on an interim basis, after the July resignation of Gerardo I. Lopez. Ramsey remains the company's chief financial officer, and Aron is expected take command Jan. 4.
The AMC theater chain has 348 theaters, largely in the United States, with about 5,000 screens. It was acquired in 2012 by China's Dalian Wanda Group for about $2.6 billion.
Aron has served as interim CEO of Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide since February. He was co-owner of the Philadelphia 76ers basketball team, chairman of Vail Resorts, Inc. and president of Norwegian Cruise Line Ltd.
The news comes weeks after Marriott announced plans to acquire Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide for $12.2 billion.