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News, Information and Benefits National Executive Director David White Departs SAG-AFTRA L ongtime National Executive Director and Chief Negotiator David White has stepped down from the role he held since 2009. White made the announcement on May 14 and departed in mid-June. In order to achieve stability and continuity, the National Board selected Duncan Crabtree-Ireland as White's successor (see page 38). Crabtree-Ireland, who began in his new role on White Crabtree-Ireland June 21, has served as general counsel of SAG-AFTRA since 2006 and as chief operating officer since 2014, and is the union's lead negotiator with the major record labels and with Telemundo Television Studios. During his tenure, White oversaw the successful merger of the two largest performer unions, led the development of a series of technological innovations, and stabilized the union's finances and operational structure. "I have loved my time at SAG-AFTRA," said White. "It has been an honor and a privilege to serve the union and its membership and to work alongside such an outstanding executive team and staff. I am grateful for the support of President Carteris, the national officers, the National Board and local leaders across the country. SAG-AFTRA employees are bright, dedicated and focused every day on delivering extraordinary member service and time-saving innovations that make working with the union more efficient and effective." White will continue to provide counsel to senior executives as a strategic advisor throughout the transition to new leadership in the NED and chief negotiator role.

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