ESA Announces New SVP, General Counsel, Adding a Strong Addition to its Senior Leadership Team

  • 09.19.2019
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Vetere Brings a Wealth of DC and Regulatory Experience to Association

WASHINGTON, DC – SEPTEMBER 19, 2019 – Gina Vetere today joined the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) as its new Senior Vice President, General Counsel, the trade group announced this morning. The ESA, which represents the U.S. video game industry, promoted its previous Senior Vice President, General Counsel, Stanley Pierre-Louis, to President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) in May 2019. Prior to the ESA, Ms. Vetere was counsel at the noted firm Covington & Burling. There, she advised clients on the development and implementation of comprehensive global strategies, including coalition building, third-party engagement, and government advocacy and message development to address international trade and regulatory policy priorities.

“Gina is recognized as a leader in law and policy. We are proud to have one of the brightest legal minds join us,” said the ESA’s President and CEO, Stanley Pierre-Louis. “Her wealth of knowledge and diversity of experience will enhance the services and value we provide to our members and the video game industry.”

Vetere has years of experience providing legal and strategic advice at Covington on international trade and global policy matters. Ms. Vetere counseled clients on the negotiation, implementation, and enforcement of bilateral and multilateral trade agreements, including in the areas of intellectual property, market access, regulatory trade barriers, online commerce, competition, and investment.

“I had the pleasure of working with Gina for more than a decade. She is a great lawyer, strategist and collaborator who gets things done by helping everyone row in the same direction,” said John Veroneau, the former Ambassador and Deputy United States Trade Representative and current co-chair of the International Trade Practice Group at Covington & Burling LLP. “She will be missed by clients and colleagues alike, but we look forward to seeing her do great things with Stan and others at ESA.”

Ms. Vetere joined Covington after serving as executive director for international IP at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Global Intellectual Property Center (GIPC), where she led industry efforts to promote the protection and enforcement of IP rights overseas. At the GIPC, she also served as co-chair of the U.S. Business Coalition for the Trans-Pacific Partnership’s (TPP) IP working group. Ms. Vetere is also a former Director for Intellectual Property and Innovation at the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) and Senior Policy Advisor to the Deputy USTR.

About the ESA

The ESA offers a wide range of services to interactive entertainment software companies, including conducting business and consumer research; providing legal and policy analysis and advocacy on First Amendment, intellectual property, and technology/e-commerce issues; managing a global content protection program; owning and operating E3; and representing video game industry interests in federal and state government relations. For more information, visit the ESA’s website or follow the ESA on Twitter @theESA.

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