Game publishers’ lobbying group the Entertainment Software Association announced today that it has hired a new head of government relations (i.e., lobbying).
Jennifer Manner comes to the ESA by way of Skyterra Communications and the Federal Communications Commission, where she was senior counsel.
Manner replaces Ed Desmond, who exited the ESA for a post in the toy biz last September.
Interestingly, an ESA press release makes it a point to mention that Manner is a "long-time Democrat." We don’t recall seeing a similar industry hiring announcement addressing an appointee’s political affiliation.
Of Manner, former FCC Commissioner Kathleen Abernathy offered high praise:
Jennifer is an outstanding choice for this position. With her broad experience communicating effectively with multiple public and private sector stakeholders and tackling complex regulatory matters, the industry and the ESA will benefit from Jennifer’s leadership.