Theo Kingma was elected president of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) for the 2013-2014 year at the organization’s annual election meeting, which was held June 10. This marks his first presidency for the organization. He previously held the office of executive secretary for two years as well as sitting on the board of directors for four years.
“I am proud of the HFPA members for giving me this incredible opportunity to lead our organization and further our journalistic efforts,” said Kingma. “I look forward to a unified and productive year.”
Born in Amsterdam, Kingma began his professional film career as a projectionist. He followed this stepping stone by working as a production assistant on several films. After working on Robert Altman‘s Vincent & Theo, Kingma moved to Hollywood in 1989. In his 20 years as an HFPA member, he has represented publications in The Netherlands, Germany and Australia as a staff photographer.
Lorenzo Soria, Lilly Lui and Meher Tatna were also elected vice president, executive secretary and treasurer, respectively. The new board of directors is comprised of Yoram Kahana (chairman), Vera Anderson, Luca Celada, Helen Hoehne, and Dr. Aida Takla-O’Reilly.