Stanley Pierre-Louis has served as ESA’s President and CEO since 2019. Stan first joined ESA as its Senior Vice President and General Counsel in 2015, where he lead the legal, policy and regulatory affairs function for the association. His responsibilities included advocacy on First Amendment, technology and intellectual property issues as well as supervising the global content protection program. He also oversaw all governance, compliance and contractual matters, and served as the Corporate Secretary to ESA’s Board of Directors.

Before joining ESA, Stan served as Senior Vice President and Associate General Counsel for Intellectual Property at Viacom Inc. There, he was responsible for developing strategies to protect digital content, managing major intellectual property litigation and revamping the cybersecurity governance program.

Stan started his career as a judicial law clerk to Judge David A. Nelson of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.  He then worked as outside counsel to several leading companies before serving as Senior Vice President for Legal Affairs for the Recording Industry Association of America. There, he led the legal strategy on several groundbreaking cases, including the entertainment industry’s legal actions against, Napster, and Aimster as well as the landmark U.S. Supreme Court case MGM Studios v. Grokster, which resulted in a unanimous decision in favor of the film and music industries.


  • B.A., Clark University 
  • J.D., University of Chicago Law School

Volunteer work

  • Currently serves on the board of directors of the National Symphony Orchestra (part of the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts)
  • Currently serves on the board of directors of Games for Change, a nonprofit that empowers video game creators and social innovators to drive real-world impact through immersive media
  • Former chair of the board of directors for GetSwift Limited, a publicly-traded technology company focused on delivery management software

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