The Hamptons International Film Festival announced on Tuesday that Karen Arikian would leave her post as its executive director at the end of November “to pursue new opportunities.” Ms. Arikian has been in the job for five years.
“I have been very fortunate to have led this wonderful organization since 2008,” Ms. Arikian said in a press release, “and I leave knowing that the festival is stronger than ever, having just completed its 20th anniversary edition.”
Stuart Match Suna, the chairman of the festival’s board of directors, was quoted in the release as saying that “Karen has successfully led us through five outstanding festivals, and we are grateful for her many contributions, which have helped make the festival one of the foremost celebrations of independent film in this country.” Mr. Match Suna said he wished her the best in the future.
Ms. Arikian will continue in her roles as a U.S./East Coast delegate for the Berlin International Film Festival and U.S. consultant for European Film Promotion, according to the press release.