MPA Hires FBI Veteran Larissa Knapp As Global Chief Of Content Protection

Larissa Knapp, a senior official at the FBI, is joining the MPA as executive vice president and chief content protection officer.

Knapp will lead the association’s content protection operations, including the Alliance for Creativity and Entertainment, the global anti-piracy organization. “Her leadership will focus on deepening and broadening ACE’s partnerships with law enforcement agencies around the world, expanding its membership base, and growing ACE’s operational footprint in key markets to support the protection of creators and consumers,” the MPA said.

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Larissa Knapp
Larissa Knapp

Knapp was the fourth highest ranking FBI official. She was with the FBI for 27 years, most recently as leader of the National Security Branch, where she managed a budget of $300 million and a branch of more than 2,000. She previously led the Security, Training and Human Resources divisions and Data Analytics. She started her career at the FBI as an agent handling intellectual property and cybercrimes.

She will report to Karyn Temple, senior executive vice president and global general counsel. She will be based in Washington.

Charles Rivkin, chairman and CEO of the MPA, said, “With Larissa’s experience in high-risk, complex organizational environments coupled with her visionary leadership, I’m confident that our content protection enforcement business will only grow in stature and impact, as we safeguard the rights and productions of all those who conceive, develop, and deliver creative masterpieces for screens big and small.”

Knapp said, “My career in law enforcement has afforded me the opportunity to lead strategic initiatives protecting legal rights and addressing crime on a large scale, and I look forward to leveraging that experience in the fight against copyright infringement on behalf of our members and content creators around the world.”

Jan van Voorn, who had been EVP and chief of global content protection, departed the MPA earlier this year to serve as CEO of IP House.

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