Michael Gallagher (political advisor)
Michael D. Gallagher is president and CEO of the Entertainment Software Association, the trade association that represents U.S. computer and video game publishers. Prior to his appointment to head the ESA Gallagher was the Assistant Secretary for Commerce and Information in the United States Department of Commerce and Administrator of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration. He was the chief technology advisor to former President George W. Bush.
Before joining the Department of Commerce, Gallagher was vice president for state public policy at Verizon Wireless. Prior to that, he was managing director for government relations at AirTouch Communications, which was merged with Verizon.
On May 17, 2007 the Entertainment Software Association announced Gallagher, former assistant secretary of commerce for communications and chief telecommunications and policy advisor to the Bush administration, would replace founder Doug Lowenstein as president.
Gallagher has opposed the proposals by the United Nations' Working Group on Internet Governance to remove the Internet and the Domain Name System (DNS) from the United States' control. The proposals will be discussed at the World Summit on the Information Society in November 2005. Gallagher believes in private sector control of DNS.
Portions of this biography were taken from the White House's biography of Gallagher.