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Former Bush Official Named ESA President

Michael D. Gallagher will serve as the next president of the Entertainment Software Association (ESA), the trade group representing U.S. computer and video game publishers, the ESA announced today. Mr. Gallagher was a former Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Communications and Information, serving as the chief telecommunications and policy advisor to the Bush Administration. Gallagher will start the ESA position later this month.

Mr. Gallagher is currently the Communications Practice chair at Perkins Coie, a leading international law firm offering a broad spectrum of legal services. Previously, he was Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy and Counselor to Secretary Donald L. Evans, secretary of Commerce. Mr. Gallagher is a member of both the Advisory Committee to the Secretary General of the United Nations for the Internet Governance Forum and the U.S. State Department Advisory Committee on Information and Communication Policy. Mr. Gallagher holds degrees in Economics and Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley and a Juris Doctor from the University of California, Los Angeles.

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