The Entertainment Software Association has promoted Ed Desmond to Senior Vice President of Government Affairs and Dan Hewitt to Senior Director of Communications.

Desmond joined the ESA eight years ago as head of the association’s Federal Government Affairs Department. His new position will see him take responsibility for state-level government relations as well. “Ed’s professionalism and knowledge of the industry make him an exceptionally effective, reliable and steadfast advocate for his industry,” said California Congresswoman Mary Bono Mack. “His experience and ability to navigate the complexities of Capitol Hill have earned him the respect of his peers and those I work with in Congress.”

Hewitt, who has been with the ESA since 2004, will be responsible for the association’s contribution to debates on topics including First Amendment protections, global piracy, industry self-regulation and more. “Dan has a keen ability to anticipate and address his industry’s communications and public affairs challenges. His insight, expertise and ability to work easily among seemingly disparate coalitions are an asset to the ESA’s future and potential,” said Democratic strategist and Dewey Square Group member Minyon Moore.

“These promotions are in appreciation of the value Ed and Dan provide to our members and the commitment they show to the industry, gamers, and their colleagues,” said ESA CEO Mike Gallagher. “They are an integral part of the ESA team that is elevating the respect and recognition of the ESA and our industry among both traditional and non-traditional audiences.”

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