US video games trade body the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) has hired lawyer Gina Vetere as senior vice president and general counsel.
Her new role at the organisation follows the promotion of Stanley Pierre-Louis to president and CEO in May this year.
Vetere joins ESA following six and a half years at law firm Covington and Burling LLP. She provided legal and strategic advice, with a particular focus on IP law, international trade policy.
"Gina is recognised as a leader in law and policy. We are proud to have one of the brightest legal minds join us," said Pierre-Louis.
"Her wealth of knowledge and diversity of experience will enhance the services and value we provide to our members and the video game industry."
Before joining Covington Vetere worked at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce for over three years as its executive director for international IP at the Global Intellectual Property Center.
Vetere has previously worked with the Office of the United States Trade Representative for three years as a director of intellectual property and innovation and as a senior policy advisor to the Deputy USTR.
"I had the pleasure of working with Gina for more than a decade. She is a great lawyer, strategist and collaborator who gets things done by helping everyone row in the same direction," said Covington and Burling LLP international trade co-chair John Veroneau.
"She will be missed by clients and colleagues alike, but we look forward to seeing her do great things with Stan and others at ESA."