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Ronnie Planalp MBA ’86
Ronnie Planalp is a founder and producer at Clear Eye Productions. She has produced two award winning documentary films, They Came to Play and Shakespeare High. As a producer in theater on Broadway and the West End, Ms. Planalp’s production credits on Broadway include the Tony Award winning Exit the King and Elling. In the West End she has produced Misanthrope and Legally Blonde, as well as the Olivier Award winning Mountaintop that was successfully transferred to Broadway in late 2011. Her latest foray was an Off Broadway production The Old Man and the Old Moon that begins to tour in Chicago in the fall of 2013.
Prior to beginning her film career in 2005, Ms. Planalp spent 20 years in the banking and media sectors. She was one of the youngest women to be appointed a Vice President at Goldman Sachs in 1990. After moving overseas in 1995, she transitioned to the media industry and worked in Hong Kong and London where she held senior roles in business development and strategy in the publishing, music, digital and film industries.
In 2006-2007 she served as Co-Chair of the Committee to elect Kirsten Gillibrand for NY’s 20th congressional district. Gillibrand was appointed as NY State’s junior senator in early 2009 and Ms. Planalp continues to serve on her finance committee. Additionally, she is involved on a national level with politics as a member of the Tri-State finance committee for the Democratic National Committee.
Ms. Planalp is a Vice President of the board of the Film Society of Lincoln Center where she chairs the Governance Committee and serves on the Executive Committee. While serving on the board, she has also contributed new programming initiatives around environmental, cultural and social issues by bringing Mountainfilm Festival based in Telluride, Colorado to Lincoln Center’s campus in 2010. Ms. Planalp serves as an advisor to Echoing Green and Chicken & Egg Pictures.
Ms. Planalp holds a BS in Communications from Boston University and an MBA in Finance and Marketing from Columbia Business School. She lives in New York City with her family.
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