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April 22, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

The already thin ranks of top female executives in the film industry will become thinner still with the departure of Nikki Rocco as head of distribution for Universal. Rocco, who announced her resignation today (Tuesday), has spent 47 years with the company — 18 of them as distribution chief — beginning when she was a 17-year-old high-school senior. In a statement, NBCUniversal Vice-Chairman Ron Meyer said that during “her 47 years with the studio she’s truly become part of Universal’s DNA. While it’s hard to imagine Universal without Nikki, I’m looking forward to seeing her get some well-deserved time to herself and her family. Nikki has [made] and will continue to make a tremendous impact on Universal and all the people with whom we do business.” Said Rocco: “While this was a hard decision for me, I am excited to spend time with family and friends and travel…but I’ll likely still be up at 4:00 a.m. checking box-office numbers.”