Michael D. Robinson, MPAA

November 30, 2011 · Posted in Speaker Bios 

Michael D. Robinson
Executive Vice President, Content Protection and Chief of Operations
Motion Picture Association of America

In his role as Executive Vice President for Content Protection and Chief of Operations for the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), Michael D. Robinson heads worldwide content protection enforcement operations and countermeasures for the MPAA on behalf of its member studios. As an integral part of the Association’s strategic team, he is responsible for the coordination of MPAA-funded country-based content protection operations worldwide to ensure the execution of the Association’s strategic goals, at both the regional and global levels.

Robinson joined the MPAA in 2006 following a distinguished law enforcement and public service career. Rising through the ranks of the Michigan State Police, Robinson was appointed Director of the agency by Governor John Engler in 1991. As Director of the Michigan State Police, he developed an international reputation as an innovative law enforcement leader. He was elected president of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, and served as chairman of a U.S. Department of Justice Federal Advisory Committee charged with integrating law enforcement information systems. Robinson also served on the U.S. Presidential Export Council, Sub-Committee on Encryption Export Control.

Following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, Robinson joined a team of executives tasked with building the new Transportation Security Administration. As TSA’s first Assistant Administrator for Aviation Operations, Robinson oversaw the deployment of over 55,000 Transportation Security Officers to the nation’s 429 commercial airports, transitioned the Civil Aviation Security Program from the FAA to the TSA, and directed the efforts of the Federal Air Marshals Service. In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Robinson led the largest air evacuation in U.S. history as over 30,000 storm victims evacuated the storm-ravaged city through the New Orleans International Airport.

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