Former film executive Sherry Lansing, who led Paramount and Fox motion picture studios, has been named to The Scripps Research Institute board.

Among her goals at Scripps: accelerate cancer research. She is a co-founder of the Stand Up To Cancer initiative, which funds cancer research.

Lansing was the first woman to head a major film studio, becoming president at 20th Century Fox in 1980. In 1992, she became chair and CEO of Paramount Pictures. During her nearly 30-year career, Lansing led the production, marketing and distribution of more than 200 films, including Academy Award winners Forrest Gump, Braveheart and Titanic.

After retiring in 2005, she established the Sherry Lansing Foundation, dedicated to funding and raising awareness for cancer research, health, public education and encore careers. She is also on a number of other boards, including the Pacific Council on International Policy.