Stanley Pierre-Louis, '95: Named CEO of the Entertainment Software Association

Entertainment Software Association announces Stanley Pierre-Louis as next CEO

The Entertainment Software Association, the game industry’s lobbying group and the creator of the big E3 trade show, has named Stanley Pierre-Louis as its new president and CEO.

Pierre-Louis stepped up last fall as the acting CEO after the departure of longtime CEO Mike Gallagher. Now he has been named as the permanent CEO of the body, which represents the $43.4 billion U.S. video game industry.

The ESA made the announcement at a time when more than 164 million adults in the United States play video games, and three-quarters of all Americans have at least one video game player in their household. Pierre-Louis spoke at our recent GamesBeat Summit 2019 event in April in a fireside chat with Keisha Howard on screen time and video game addiction.

The ESA said it sought an executive with deep experience in entertainment, law, and policy to lead the industry into its next chapter. Pierre-Louis joined the ESA as its General Counsel in May 2015.

Pierre-Louis is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Clark University. He earned his law degree from the University of Chicago Law School, where he also served on The University of Chicago Law Review’s Board of Editors.

Following law school, he clerked for Judge David A. Nelson of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. Pierre-Louis served previously on several boards, including on the University of Chicago’s Alumni Board of Governors, the law school’s Visiting Committee, the Washington Area Lawyers for the Arts, and Lincoln Center Education, the educational arm of the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.