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Film academy names Cheryl Boone Isaacs as president

Cheryl Boone Isaacs is shown in this undated file photo.

August 1, 2013 12:00:00 AM PDT
Veteran marketing executive Cheryl Boone Isaacs has been named the new president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

The organization's board of governors voted her to the position on Tuesday night.

Boone Isaacs is the first woman to hold the post in three decades, and she is the first African-American president in the academy's 86-year history.

She has been part of the Academy for 21 years. She has also served as producer for past Governors Balls on Oscar Sunday.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.