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Ex-White House IP chief to head Software Alliance

August 29, 2013

By Colin Mann

Victoria Espinel, who served in the Obama Administration as the first US Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator, has been named by the Business Software Alliance, the global advocate association for the software industry, as its President and CEO. She will begin on September 3.

“We are thrilled to have Victoria leading BSA forward in an important phase of growth and evolution for the software industry,” said BSA Board Chairman Pascal Di Fronzo, Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Autodesk, Inc. “Victoria brings an extraordinary wealth of expertise on key issues at the intersection of trade policy, market access and IP protection. She has served with distinction in Democratic and Republican Administrations, most recently as America’s first Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator and previously as Senior Counsel then Assistant United States Trade Representative for Intellectual Property and Innovation. She is a proven leader who has earned the respect of policymakers in the United States and around the world. She will be an outstanding advocate for our industry.”

Espinel said: “I am looking forward to working closely with BSA’s member companies to ensure markets around the world provide the enabling environments necessary for technology innovation to continue flourishing. Software drives growth and productivity in all sectors of the global economy, and it enriches modern life. BSA will continue to be a forceful and effective advocate on issues central to the next phase of the industry’s growth as rapid changes in the digital landscape create new opportunities and policy priorities.”

Until recently, Espinel served in the Obama Administration as the first US Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator, a post she held since being confirmed by the US Senate in December 2009. She previously served in the Bush Administration, first as Senior Counsel in the Office of the US Trade Representative and then as the first Assistant US Trade Representative for Intellectual Property and Innovation. Earlier in her career, Espinel was an attorney in private practice with Covington & Burling in London and Washington, DC, and Sidley Austin in New York.

“Victoria is recognised around the world as a preeminent leader on intellectual property and trade issues — not just because of the positions she has held, but also because she is viewed as a knowledgeable, trustworthy, honest broker,” said Di Fronzo. “She understands well where the balance of public interests lies as technology innovation continues to transform the international marketplace and enhance our increasingly digital society. She will be a significant asset for the software industry as its chief spokesperson and advocate.”

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