Ivan Dunleavy is leaving his position as CEO of the Pinewood Group, it has been confirmed.
The executive will depart the iconic U.K. studio, known as the location for numerous James Bond and Star Wars films, after 17 years at the helm.
He most recently oversaw Pinewood's $435 million takeover by London-based asset manager Aermont Capital.
"Ivan has played a huge role in the success of Pinewood, said Aermont partner and Pinewood chairman Paul Golding in an email sent to staff Monday. "When we became owners six months ago, we were delighted that he stayed on. Now, having overseen a smooth transition from public company to private ownership and with the business in such great shape, he has suggested the time is right to move on."
Golding, who will act as interim CEO, added that Dunleavy would continue to offer his services to Pinewood as a senior adviser.
In the same email, Dunleavy wished Pinewood, its staff and "all contributors to the screen industries" every success. "I want to express my sincere thanks to all staff, past and present, at Pinewood for the support you have shown me," he said