Anaheim, California (September 8, 2009) ‹ The Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation (SPJA) announces Mr. Michael Lattanzio as President and Chief Executive Officer for the organization that oversees the nation’s largest Anime and Manga convention Anime Expo®. More information can be found on the website

Mr. Lattanzio is a dynamic and innovative executive who has held leadership roles with top caliber companies such as Universal Studios, Inc, Universal Studios Japan, NBC Universal, and Westfield, LLC. He has earned a BS degree in Business Management and has also attained an MBA in Executive Management.

“I look forward to working with an energetic Board of Directors, a talented managerial team, passionate staff and volunteer members, and all affiliated Anime and Manga entities. I plan to build on past successes and lead this extraordinary organization to new heights. The Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation has certainly made a name for itself attracting millions of Anime and Manga enthusiasts. We will continue to deliver at the highest level, globalize our brands, establish new partnerships, and be recognized by the Anime and Manga population as the leader in our industry,” states Mr. Lattanzio.

As Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Lattanzio will oversee the strategic vision of the SPJA, day-to-day operations, and the development of Anime Expo®-the nation’s largest Anime/Manga convention that serves to foster trade, commerce and the interests of the general public and animation/comics industry.

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