After founding the organization that would become the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) 12 years ago, president Douglas Lowenstein will be stepping down early next year. The hunt for a new executive has already begun.
"I have been honored to represent the amazing companies of the ESA, to serve as their advocate and to be part of an industry which is having such a profound and positive effect on our culture and the world of entertainment," said Lowenstein. "Like our industry, the ESA has grown and matured and is now stronger and more robust than ever before. The future of video games and its trade association is very bright indeed."
Robbie Bach, ESA Chairman and President of Microsoft's Entertainment & Devices Division, also shared a few words after accepting Lowenstein's resignation. "As the founding president of this organization, Doug built ESA into a very effective and influential trade association fully and articulately representing the interests of our members. He leaves behind a tremendous record of accomplishments which provides us with the foundation for continued growth and success. We wish him well in his new role."
The search for a new executive to head the organization has already begun. Lowenstein will stick around early next year to make sure the transition is a smooth one.