A former executive at the under-construction Academy Museum of Motion Pictures was tabbed Thursday to return to the museum as its director.
Bill Kramer, who served as managing director of development and external relations for the museum from 2012-16, will take over as director on Jan. 1. He replaces Kerry Brougher, who stepped down as museum director in August.
The museum is scheduled to open next year in the former May Co. building on Wilshire Boulevard.
“I have a deep connection to the Academy Museum,” Kramer said in a statement. “I am so looking forward to working again with the museum’s creative teams, staff and partners as we prepare to open the doors of our spectacular campus. As I felt when I helped to launch this project, I am confident that we are building the world’s greatest museum experience dedicated to movies.”
Kramer has been serving as vice president of development at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. He previously served as vice president of institutional engagement at Rhode Island School of Design and has worked on capital campaigns fort he Southern California Institute of Architecture and the California Institute of the Arts.
“Bill’s experience and influence in the worlds of design, culture and academia, coupled with his institutional knowledge of the museum, position him as an ideal leaders to guide the museum to its opening and beyond,” said Ron Meyer, chairman of the Academy Museum’s Board of Trustees and vice chairman of NBCUniversal.
The six-floor museum will include exhibit spaces, theaters, education studio, cafe, store and rooftop terrace.