Bruce Snyder has run 20th Century Fox‘s domestic distribution business as president since 1989 and is stepping down on July 6. Chris Aronson was just promoted to EVP and General Sales Manager last month and was reporting to Snyder.

Los Angeles (April 24, 2012) __ Bruce Snyder, a 36-year veteran of Twentieth Century Fox and the executive who has overseen the studio’s domestic distribution activities since 1989, will retire from the company on July 6, 2012, it was announced today by Fox chairmen and CEOs Tom Rothman and Jim Gianopulos.

Chris Aronson, who most recently served as Executive Vice President, General Sales Manager for Fox Domestic Distribution, has been promoted to succeed Snyder.

Commented Gianopulos and Rothman: “For decades, Bruce has represented everything that is good and strong and ethical about our studio and industry. He has not only guided hundreds of our pictures into the theatrical marketplace, he has spent countless hours advising colleagues and even competitors, all of whom have benefited from his wisdom, experience and kindnesses. We are sorry to see Bruce go. He is a prince among men and will be missed by everyone whose lives and careers he has touched. But we know that Bruce’s longtime colleague and friend Chris Aronson, will ably follow in those very large footsteps.”

A native New Yorker, Snyder earned a business degree from Queens College and began his career as a film booker with Paramount Picture in 1968. He worked his way up to New York Sales Manager before departing Paramount in 1976 for the Eastern Division Manager position at Twentieth Century Fox. In 1985, Mr. Snyder was promoted to Senior Vice President-General Sales Manager, Eastern Region, a position he held until 1989, when he became Fox’s President, Domestic Distribution, overseeing the studio’s theatrical distribution division in the United States and Canada.

In addition to his work at Fox, Snyder also serves on the board of directors for such charities as The Will Roger Motion Picture Pioneer Foundation and Variety Children’s Charity. He’s the recipient of the Variety Boys and Girls Club of Queens “Man of the Year” and the Show “E” award given annually by the ShowEast Convention.

Added Snyder: “You often hear people referring to their workplace and colleagues as ‘family’ – but truly there’s no better word to sum up my feelings about my colleagues, past and present, at 20th Century Fox. For all the wonderful pictures I’ve worked on, and for all the gifted filmmakers I’ve met, what I’ll take away most are the memories about so many dedicated and talented coworkers. I owe so much to them. It has been a privilege to work at Fox. I wish the company, and especially Chris Aronson and the rest of my friends and family in Distribution, continued success.”

Aronson was recently promoted to executive vice president, general sales manager after serving as senior vice president of domestic distribution.

A 30-year industry professional, Aronson joined Fox in 2005 as senior vice president, general sales manager east. He came to the company from Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Distribution Co., where he served as executive vice president, general sales manager, responsible for all of MGM’s domestic theatrical distribution endeavors. Previously, he was a senior vice president Rentrak Corporation, which provides comprehensive box office data collection, analysis and reporting for the film industry. Before Rentrak, Aronson held senior positions at Destination Films, Signature Theatres, Columbia Pictures, Vestron Pictures, New World Pictures and Universal Pictures.