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Pierre-Louis levels up at video game industry association

Entertainment Software Association taps general counsel as new CEO


May 23, 2019
By Walt Williams

Stanley Pierre-Louis has been named CEO of the Entertainment Software Association—a reset coming as the $38 million-revenue video game industry group retools its signature trade show and deals with allegations of staff dissatisfaction with its past leadership.

Pierre-Louis most recently was senior vice president and general counsel at ESA. He has been acting CEO since the sudden departure of longtime CEO Mike Gallagher in October 2018. The announcement about Pierre-Louis’s promotion came three days after the entertainment industry publication Variety published what it characterized as a months-long investigation into the troubles plaguing ESA during Gallagher’s tenure there. Citing anonymous sources, the report painted a picture of an organization where employees were generally unhappy with Gallagher’s leadership.