Kent Roberts, executive vice president and general counsel at McAfee, has been elected chairman of the Business Software Alliance's (BSA) board of directors for 2006.
In his newly appointed role, Roberts will lead BSA's board in guiding the organization's public policy initiatives, anti-piracy efforts and education programs worldwide.
Robert Holleyman, BSA president and chief executive officer, said Roberts' experience in the technology industry made him well suited to lead BSA on major issues such as cybersecurity, patent reform, copyright protection, software management strategies, education outreach and trade issues.
Roberts oversees all domestic and international legal matters for McAfee, including legal activity with mergers and acquisitions and intellectual property rights issues. He has more than 13 years of experience in intellectual property and licensing law for the software industry and has been a member of McAfee's legal team for more than six years.
Prior to joining McAfee, Roberts served as vice president of operations and general counsel of Saber Software Corporation, which was acquired by Network Associates, the predecessor of McAfee, in 1995. He received his BA degree, summa cum laude, from Brigham Young University and his Juris Doctor cum laude from the University of Missouri.