Lori McAdams, a longtime veteran of Pixar and one of the studio’s highest-ranking women in executive management, is leaving the company, according to a new report in The Hollywood Reporter.
McAdams had been the studio’s vice president of human resources and administration and had worked there for 14 years. The article charges that she was “seen by many as one of Lasseter’s chief protectors.” Her role in protecting Lasseter has not been clearly defined.
Her role in another matter though is much more clear: McAdams was one of the key people responsible for maintaining an illegal industry-wide wage-fixing scheme in feature animation that was in large part spearheaded by Walt Disney and Pixar Animation studios president Ed Catmull. The subsequent lawsuits resulted in a $100 million settlement from Walt Disney Animation Studios, Pixar, and Lucasfilm, in addition to settlements by other corporations.