Cheryl Boone Isaacs
Cheryl Boone Isaacs

Veteran Hollywood marketing executive Cheryl Boone Isaacs was elected, yesterday evening, as the new president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, who you will know better as the organization that hands out the Oscars every year.

Isaacs, the first African American to hold the post and only the third woman in the organization's 86 year history, is a longtime academy and industry insider, who most recently held the job of first vice president. She will serve a one-year term, with eligibility to stay in the role for three additional years.

Isaacs, who previously worked as president of theatrical marketing at New Line Cinema and executive vp of worldwide publicity at Paramount Pictures, has served in every office within the organization except president.

Of course, without saying, the election of Isaacs comes at a time when the Academy is interested in addressing the issue of diversity.

According to a recent  Los Angeles Times article, they found “that the academy was (still) overwhelmingly white, male and older,” which is not exactly a huge surprise.