Release Date: Jan 17, 2007Contact: 888-249-NEWS
NBC Universal's Rick Cotton Named Chairman of the Coalition Against Counterfeiting and Piracy
of the Coalition Against Counterfeiting and Piracy
WASHINGTON, DC-The U.S. Chamber of Commerce-led Coalition Against Counterfeiting and Piracy (CACP) has named Rick Cotton as its new chairman. Cotton is executive vice president and general counsel for NBC Universal.
"Rick brings to the coalition extensive experience in IP policy and a profound commitment to this important fight," said Paul Fox, outgoing chairman and external relations leader for Global Operations at Procter & Gamble. "He understands the need to bring all industries to the table in order to make real, tangible progress."
Fox, formerly with The Gillette Company, has been CACP chair since its formation in February, 2005, and is stepping down to focus on his new role at P&G following its merger with The Gillette Company.
Under Cotton's leadership, the CACP will continue its work to build a global coalition committed to the fight against counterfeiting and piracy, to raise awareness of this critical economic issue in the media, and to partner with government leaders, brand-owners, and industry groups around the world to combat this growing problem.
Cotton has served as executive vice president and general counsel at NBC Universal since 2004. Prior to his current appointment, Cotton served four years as president and managing director of London-based CNBC Europe and 11 years as executive vice president and general counsel of NBC.
Previously, Cotton was the president and chief executive officer of HCX Inc., served as both executive secretary and deputy executive secretary of the U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, and after graduation from Yale Law School, served as a clerk to Judge J. Skelly Wright of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia and to Supreme Court Justice William J. Brennan Jr.
The CACPis a coalition of over 235 businesses and associations committed to increasing the understanding of the negative impact of counterfeiting and piracy to health, safety, and the economy.
The U.S. Chamber is the world's largest business federation representing more than 3 million businesses and organizations of every size, sector and region.
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