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New ESA President Named

Posted May 17, 2007 by Keith Cross

New ESA President Named

Michael Gallagher has been named as the new head of the Entertainment Software Association. Gallagher is a former adviser of the current Bush administration, where he served as assistant secretary of commerce for communications and information.

Officials from the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) have announced that Michael D. Gallagher will serve as the next president of the U.S. based trade group, starting later this month.

The announcement follows the departure of Doug Lowenstein, the longstanding head of the ESA, to run the Private Equity Council, and much subsequent speculation over his successor.

Microsoft's Robbie Bach, the ESA board of directors chair, has released a statement commenting of the appointment: "Mike's outstanding technology, policy, and government relations experience makes him a strong fit for the ESA, where issues like intellectual property, self-regulation, and industry social and economic contributions are at the forefront of the agenda."

Gallagher was formerly an assistant secretary of commerce for communications & information, serving as the chief telecommunications and policy advisor to the Bush administration. He acted as deputy chief of staff for policy & counselor to Donald L. Evans, U.S. secretary of commerce from 2001 to 2005.

Read the full story on Gamasutra.