BSA: A New Leader for a New Era

BSAI’ve been in the software business for much of my career, and there has been one constant through all this time:  the speed and complexity of the industry continue to rise.  The enormous issues we face today –  like cybersecurity threats, challenges to intellectual property protection and the need for patent reform – make it essential for us to have strong industry leadership to navigate and advocate on the software industry’s behalf.

Given this need, we’re delighted with the appointment of Victoria Espinel as the new president and CEO of BSA | The Software Alliance. Through her White House experience, Victoria brings a strong ability to bring diverse stakeholders together and work effectively with policymakers in Washington and worldwide.  BSA has long been a leading advocate for the software industry, promoting an environment that supports innovation and helps drive the economy and improve quality of life around the world.

Mike Dillon, Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary

Mike is anything but your typical general counsel. His distaste for acronym use and “legalese” drove him to rewrite Adobe’s contracts to plain English and develop a whole new writing style guide for the legal community. He oversees legal affairs, public policy, and compliance interests by day, but outside the office, he’s an avid blogger, writer, and adventurist. Given his love for writing, it may come as no surprise that Mike received bachelor’s degrees in communications and sociology from UC San Diego before getting his juris doctor degree from Santa Clara University. If Mike were not at Adobe, he’d like to be playing second baseman for the Oakland A’s.

Mike Dillon, Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary