Sundance Institute CEO Keri Putnam Announces That She Will Step Down in August

Mar 25, 2021

On Thursday, March 25, 2021, Keri Putnam announced she would step down as the Sundance Institute's chief executive officer after a decade of leading the Park City-based arts nonprofit.
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After 10 years at the helm of the Sundance Institute as its chief executive officer, Keri Putnam announced Thursday that she would step down from the position at the end of August.


In a letter addressed to the Sundance community, Putnam wrote she’s decided that this the right time for her to step down. 


“Leading this incredible organization through a volatile era in media...has been one of the greatest joys of her life,” she wrote in the announcement. 


Putnam says she is working with her team and the Board of Trustees to prepare for her departure. She says she is confident that Sundance is thriving and poised to begin a transformative new era.


The Board of Trustees has formed a search committee led by board chair Pat Mitchell and vice chair Ebs Burnough. 


The Park City-based nonprofit is best known for its annual Sundance Film Festival, which draws thousands of film industry professionals and others each year. Putnam’s last day leading the Sundance Institute is set for Aug. 31, 2021.