SAG-AFTRA board confirms David White as executive director

The newly-convened SAG-AFTRA board of directors has confirmed David White as the merged union’s sole national executive director.

The national board of SAG-AFTRA voted overwhelmingly Sunday to select White for the job, approving a new three-year contract.

White, the former SAG executive director, was widely expected to assume the new position as the chief administrative officer in the union of about 160,000 members. White had been serving as co-national executive director with former AFTRA leader Kim Roberts Hedpeth, who announced last month that she was resigning.

“I’m thrilled about the prospect of helping to build this new organization and grateful for the board’s vote of confidence,” White said in an interview.

The 43-year-old former entertainment industry attorney and general counsel for SAG, was hired as SAG’s executive director on an interim basis in January 2009, replacing Doug Allen. Allen had been ousted from the job after clashing with board members. White was officially named to the position in October of that year.

White led SAG through the nearly two-year process to merge with the smaller performers union, the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists. The merger was approved in a referendum vote March 31.

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