ESA’s Top Lobbyist Gives Up Video Games for Toys

The Entertainment Software Association has announced that Ed Desmond, senior vice president of Government Relations, is leaving the video game publishers lobbying group and taking an executive position with the Toy Industry Association.

Desmond, who spent eight years with ESA, was just elevated to his current position in February of this year. ESA CEO Michael Gallagher offered praise:

Any organization is lucky to have such a dedicated and energetic advocate as Ed. His commitment to serving the public affairs needs of our member companies was unparalleled. He will be missed and we wish him all the best in his future endeavors.

While the ESA said that a search for Desmond’s replacement is underway, GP has heard a rumor that Desmond’s duties may be assumed by incoming General Counsel Kenneth Doroshow (of RIAA fame). 

UPDATE: An ESA rep tells us that Doroshow will not be taking over Desmond’s current responsibilities.

UPDATE 2: The TIA has issued a press release on Desmond’s new duties…

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