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Gallagher New ESA President

17 May, 2007 By: John Latchem

Michael D. Gallagher will serve as the next president of the Entertainment Software Association (ESA), the trade group that represents U.S. computer and video game publishers.

“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,” said Robbie Bach, chair of the ESA board of directors.

Gallagher currently is the communications practice chair at the law firm of Perkins Coie. He previously served for four years under the Bush administration in the Department of Commerce, where he helped pave the way for a number of new technologies and services.

Bo Andersen, president of the Entertainment Merchants Association, welcomed the announcement.

“The Entertainment Software Association and EMA, which respectively represent the creators and the retailers of computer and video games, have historically enjoyed a close and positive partnership,” Andersen noted. “We look forward to working with Mike Gallagher to advance our common agenda.”

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