22 April 2014 8:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Nikki Rocco, the first female president of a theatrical distribution division at a major studio, will retire in December from Universal Pictures, where she has worked for nearly 50 years.

Rocco, who has been the head of U’s domestic distribution since 1996, will retain a consulting position with the studio. While Universal has not yet named her successor, it is likely the studio will promote from within and tap Nicholas Carpou, who currently serves as co-president of distribution.

Throughout her time as one of the longest-running employees at Universal over 47 years, Rocco has managed to survive six separate corporate owners, as well as many more executive regime changes, including the recent ousting of former Uni topper Adam Fogelson, with NBCUni exec Jeff Shell named chairman of Universal Filmed Entertainment and Donna Langley upped to Universal Pictures chair.

The longevity and staying power of Rocco’s career as the first female head »

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