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HOLLYWOOD—Oct 10, 2005

Kodak’s Stenslie to Succeed Spruill

Kodak announced here today that Bjorn Stenslie will succeed D. Brian Spruill as vice president of the Entertainment Imaging Division and general manager, Worldwide Sales and Marketing Operations. Spruill will be retiring at the end of 2005. Stenslie is currently serving as regional business general manager and vice president of the Entertainment Imaging Division in Europe, Africa, and the Middle East.
“Bjorn Stenslie has managed our operations in both the Asian Pacific regions of the world, and also in Europe and the Middle East,” says Eric G. Rodli, president of Entertainment Imaging and senior vice president, Eastman Kodak Company. “He brings a global perspective and a deep passion and appreciation for the film industry to this new role.”

Stenslie will be stationed at Kodak’s Hollywood headquarters. His responsibilities include managing Kodak’s global sales and marketing organization, which provides a broad base of integrated products and services for the production, postproduction, presentation and preservation sectors of the industry.
Stenslie, a native of Oslo, Norway, joined Kodak in 1982. Stenslie initially worked for a Kodak division that pioneered the convergence of analog and digital technologies for managing documents. He joined the company’s Entertainment Imaging Division in 1998.
Stenslie managed Kodak’s operations in the Far East, in an area stretching from Australia to China, Japan and India until the summer of 2001 when he stepped into the top management role in Europe and the Middle Eastern countries.

“I have been a passionate movie fan since I was a child, so I am very excited to take on this new role,” Stenslie says. “This is an industry without borders. Whether filmmakers are working on projects with minimalist budgets or Hollywood blockbusters, moviemakers around the world speak the same language and share common goals. They all want maximum creative freedom to tell their stories the way they are meant to be seen and heard.

“Kodak has an incomparably deep well of motion imaging science that crosses the boundaries between film, digital and hybrid technologies, and a unique historic commitment to investing in the future of this industry,” he continues. “We are listening and remain committed to providing the technology tools and services our customers need.”
Spruill spent 33 years with Kodak. “Brian Spruill has truly made a difference at Kodak and in the entertainment film industry,” says Rodli. “He was committed to assuring that we listen to our customers and provide the technological tools and services, which served their needs in a constantly evolving and dynamic marketplace. His legacy will endure.”

Spruill literally grew up in the film industry. His father was vice president and general manager of Byron Motion Picture Labs, in Washington, D.C. After graduating from Michigan State University, Spruill taught and coached sports for six years, while working summers at the film lab. He joined Kodak in 1972, beginning in the company’s headquarters in Rochester followed by a succession of field assignments with increasing management responsibility. He also spent time leading long-term business planning for the Entertainment Imaging Division and managing Kodak's FPC subsidiary. He arrived in Hollywood in 1985, and from 1996 to 2002 Spruill was the regional business general manager.

“I’ve been fortunate to spend my career surrounded by great people who shared my feelings about the important role this industry plays in our global society,” Spruill says. “I am proud of what we have achieved, and am excited about the future.”

Bertrand Decoux has been named to replace Stenslie at Kodak’s office in Geneva, Switzerland. Decoux will also continue in his current role as general manager and vice president of Entertainment Imaging Services.

Kodak’s Entertainment Imaging Division is the world-class leader in providing film, digital and hybrid motion imaging products, services, and technology for the television, feature film, commercial, music video, and documentary industries. For more information, visit www.kodak.com/go/motion.

About Kodak's Entertainment Imaging: Kodak’s Entertainment Imaging business is the world leader in providing motion picture film and imaging products, services, and technology for the professional motion picture and exhibition industries. Kodak's Entertainment Imaging Directory page
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