ESA president and CEO Michael D. Gallagher has reportedly stepped down from the role he has held since 2007, when he replaced ESA founder Doug Lowenstein.
Gallagher will be temporarily replaced by interim CEO and former senior VP Stanley Pierre-Louis until a permanent replacement is found. A press release from the ESA has stated the search will begin later this month.
"Serving the video game industry and the ESA Board has been a tremendous honor," said Gallagher. "ESA is in a strong position to continue the work ahead. It has an excellent team, ample resources, state-of-the-art DC headquarters, and members who are fueling growth at fantastic levels. Together, we have delivered an unbroken string of victories in the states, on Capitol Hill, and before the U.S. Supreme Court, all of which bolster the industry's ability to create and innovate. Extending and protecting that opportunity has been extraordinarily fulfilling."
Neither Gallagher nor the ESA stated a specific reason for the change in leadership. GamesIndustry.biz has reached out to the organization for comment.