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Jobs Roundup: April 2024 | Ubisoft names Cécile Russeil as executive VP

Update: Nina Adams is named studio director of Auroch Digital, Tara Voelker joins Netflix Games

It can be difficult keeping track of the various comings and goings in the games industry, which is why we compile them in semi-regular round-ups.

If you have new appointments or transitions in your company that belong here, please send the names of the appointees, new role and company, and prior role and company to newhires@gamesindustry.biz.

Nina Adams

Nina Adams | Studio director, Auroch Digital

Auroch Digital has promoted Nina Adams to studio director at its Bristol office.

She succeeds co-founder Dr. Tomas Rawlings in the position. Rawlings has gone on to serve as vice president at Sumo Digital UK.

Adams joined Auroch Digital in 2015 as office manager. During her time there, she climbed the company ranks, last serving as operations director before her new appointment.

"It's incredibly exciting to be heading up the wonderful development team at Auroch and to be its first woman Studio Director," said Adams.

"We've got 130 brilliant game developers working on some fantastic projects and I'm looking forward to help bring those games to launch alongside seeking out new opportunities for the studio."

Tara Voelker

Tara Voelker | Senior accessibility producer, Netflix Games

Netflix Games has hired Tara Voelker as its new senior accessibility producer.

Voelker's career in the games industry includes a six-year stint at Microsoft. She joined the tech firm as a mixer program manager.

During her last two years, Voelker worked as senior Xbox Game Studios accessibility lead. She also had a one-year stint as a producer at Turtle Rock Studios.

In the announcement of her hiring on social media, she said, "It's officially my first day as Senior Accessibility Producer at Netflix Games! I have so much to ramp up on but I'm so excited to be here."

Milestone announces executive updates

Racing game developer Milestone, a subsidiary of Plaion, has revealed new executive team appointments.

Umberto Bettini has been named general manager of the studio. He will report directly to CEO Luisa Bixio.

"I am honored to join Milestone as General Manager and lead this talented team of professionals," said Bettini. "Milestone has a rich history of delivering the best racing games, and I am excited to build upon that legacy as we chart the course for the future."

Meanwhile, Luigi Colamusso has been appointed as country manager of Plaion Italy. He previously served as commercial director for games and distribution at Plaion Italy.

Colamusso said, "I'm ready to bring my solid background within the industry and look forward to collaborating with our talented teams in Italy to elevate Plaion's presence in the entertainment landscape of southern Europe."

Additionally, Oscar Del Moral will go on to assume the position of head of southern European Region at Plaion.

"I am excited to embark on this new challenge, it's an exciting opportunity to further drive our group's expansion across this dynamic region," said Del Moral.

Mikael Kasurinen

Mikael Kasurinen | Creative director, Remedy Entertainment

Mikael Kasurinen is now creative director at Remedy Entertainment.

He will work with Sami Järvi and continue reporting directly to CEO Tero Virtala.

Mikael Kasurinen joined Remedy in 2014 as the game director on Quantum Break. During his tenure, he went on to serve as the director of Control and is currently serving in the same role for Control 2.

He brings experience that includes working as lead designer at DICE. There, Kasurinen worked on Battlefield 4's single-player campaign for a year.

"Kasurinen and Järvi have worked together in a number of games, and they have complementary world-class skills. With this arrangement, we can ensure the needed focus on growing Alan Wake and Control into larger franchises and the right type of creative guidance and support that all our game teams can benefit from", said Virtala.

Josh West | Editor-in-chief, GamesRadar

Josh West has been promoted to editor-in-chief of GamesRadar.

He originally joined the publication back in 2016 as a features editor. Before his new role, he served as GamesRadar's UK managing editor.

During his journalism career, he worked at Imagine Publishing for four years. He last held the role of features editor of games.

In his announcement on social media, West said, "I'm happy to share that I'm starting a new position as editor-in-chief, GamesRadar+ at Future! GamesRadar+ is one of the most visited video game websites in the world, and I'm excited to guide the best editorial team in the business into its next chapter."

David Telenius

David Telenius | General manager, Metacore

Metacore has named David Telenius as general manager of its title Merge Mansion.

Telenius' career in games includes a 12-year stint at Activision Blizzard subsidiary King.

He joined initially as a producer for Candy Crush Saga and last served as vice president and head of production of Candy Crush Soda Saga.

"I'm a big Merge Mansion fan and have always been impressed by the quality of the game and the incredibly strong community around it. I was also drawn to Metacore's culture and in particular their highly autonomous and player-focused way of working," said Telenius.

"I'm looking forward to working with the team to further build on Merge Mansion's success."

Cécile Russeil | Executive VP, Ubisoft

Ubisoft has appointed Cécile Russeil as executive vice president.

She will be in charge of communications, corporate affairs, diversity, inclusion, accessibility, resources, and legal at the firm.

Russeil joined the games company back in 1995 as lead legal counsel.

Throughout her career, she climbed the company ranks. She currently serves as chief legal officer at Ubisoft.

"I am incredibly motivated to bring together the leadership of these key functions in order to enhance our organizational agility and ensure seamless alignment between corporate affairs, communications, DIA, HR, and legal strategies across all our global operations," said Russeil.

James Law

James Law | PR director, Raptor PR

Raptor PR has hired James Law as its new publication relations director.

In this role, Law will oversee the establishment of its new gaming PR division.

Throughout his career, he served as PR manager at Heaven and managing editor with Gfinity.

"Raptor PR is in such an exciting place with the agency's fantastic success and strength in the B2B gaming and tech sectors," said Law.

"The opportunity to lead the agency's nascent consumer gaming division is one I couldn't resist… it's been a treat to be able to contribute and deliver my own unique perspectives. Here's to a successful new partnership!"

Left to right; Renny Rodriguez, Mason Cheung, Dylan Cheung

Sandsoft expands with a trio of appointments

Sandsoft Games has announced a new round of appointments at the company.

Renny Rodriguez has been named analytics engineer at Sandsoft Barcelona. Before joining the firm, he spent one year as a data engineer at Scopely.

Mason Cheung has joined Sandsoft as a senior concept artist. He previously worked for Vela Games for three years as a senior concept designer and artist.

Meanwhile, Dylan Cheung has been appointed senior concept artist at Sandsoft. During his career, he held the role of concept artist at Digit Game Studios and worked with the Star Trek: Fleet Command maker for four years.

Ann Hurley

Ann Hurley | General manager, Team17

Team 17 has appointed Ann Hurley as general manager of its gaming label.

She joined the company back in October 2023 in a temporary role to lead the Team 17 Digital division.

Hurley's career in the games industry includes an eight-year stint at Testronic. She joined the company as head of games business development and last served as senior vice president of sales and marketing before exiting the company.

In her announcement she said, "I'm happy to share that after several months leading our magnificent team I am honoured to take up a permanent role as general manager at Team17 Digital.

Kimberly Corbett

Fortis Games grows its leadership with three new appointments.

Fortis Games has expanded its leadership team with a new trio of appointments.

Among them is Kimberly Corbett, who has joined the firm as its new chief publishing officer.

Corbett previously worked at WB Games as its senior vice president of digital publishing.

She was with the games company for six years. Her work history in the games industry includes a four-year stint at Kabam; prior to leaving, she held the role of senior director of marketing.

Meanwhile, Michael Christian has joined Fortis as vice president of art. Throughout his career, he worked at companies such as King, EA, and Microsoft.

Carol Liaw, appointed senior vice president of game development, rounds out the Fortis appointments. She brings experience from working at firms such as Quark Games, Plexchat, and WB Games.

Charlie Andre-Barrett

Charlie Andre-Barrett | Publishing director, Antstream

Antstream has named Charlie Andre-Barrett as its new publishing director.

His career in the games industry spans over 25 years. Before joining the streaming service, he was director of business development for global sales at Curve Games.

His games career includes an eight-year stint at Bethesda Softworks.

Andre-Barrett last served as global senior account manager with the studio for the last two years.

"As I step into the role of publishing director at Antstream, I am thrilled to embark on a journey that merges my love for gaming with a dedication to delivering unparalleled experiences. Together, we'll forge new paths in the ever-evolving landscape of empowering interactive entertainment", said Andre-Barrett.

David Mulhall

David Mulhall | Global head of esports partnerships, Riot Games

Riot Games has promoted David Mulhall as global head of esports partnerships and business development.

In the new role, he will oversee the onboarding of brands into the firm's esports partnership portfolio.

He joined Riot back in 2020 as its global head of business development and partnerships for Valorant and Teamfight Tactics.

"We're more focused than ever on creating opportunities for partners that deliver great value and improve the player experience watching esports," said Riot Games president of esports John Needham.

"David's deep understanding and passion for our various esports communities is critical to successfully integrating partners into our broadcasts and events."

Gio Corsi

Gio Corsi | Third-party AAA portfolio management, Nintendo

Gio Corsi has announced that he's been hired by Nintendo of America to serve on its third-party AAA portfolio management team.

Corsi's games industry work history includes a six-year stint at Sony Interactive Entertainment. He last served as head of global second-party games.

Corsi went on to work as head of publishing and business development at IllFonic. Before his new role at Nintendo, he held the role of head of commercial at Iron Galaxy Studios.

In the announcement of his hiring on social media, Corsi said, "This week, I began my new gig filled with fun and adventure! I've joined the Nintendo of America AAA third-party portfolio management crew to help great teams bring their amazing games to this legendary platform!"

Amie Wolken

Amie Wolken | CEO, Dinosaur Polo Club

Dinosaur Polo Club has named Amie Wolken as its new chief executive officer.

Before joining the indie game developer, she worked as studio director of Wētā Workshop.

She was with the concept design and manufacturing firm for four years.

Throughout her professional career, she co-founded GEO AR Games and had a one-year stint as a senior software engineer at Magic Leap.

In the announcement of her hiring, Wolken said on social media, "This role is more than just a shiny new title. It represents a chance for personal and professional growth at a time when I had considered leaving the game development industry to find it."

Julien Proux

Julien Proux | Chief content officer, Room 8 Group

Room 8 Group has announced the promotion of Julien Proux to chief content officer.

In his new role, Proux will oversee production operations across the firm's divisions, such as QA and game development.

Julien Proux joined Room 8 in 2023 as executive vice president of art.

His career experience includes being a founding partner and officer of NeoBards Entertainment. He also served as manager director of Berlin at Bigpoint for two years.

Proux said, "I am humbled by the trust shown in me and am excited to continue creating great games with great people. Going forward, I intend to continue fostering a culture of innovation, inclusivity, and sustainability within Room 8 Group."

Rodrigo Santoro

Rodrigo Santoro | Missions director, IO Interactive

IO Interactive has hired Rodrigo Santoro as missions director on its upcoming Project 007 title.

Santoro brings with him experience that includes nine years of working at Massive Entertainment, a Ubisoft subsidiary. Before his departure, he held the position of world director for two years.

He also worked as a level designer at Crysis maker Crytek for five years.

"I am super excited to join IOI! I admire how the studio dares to innovate and create new, memorable game experiences. This is particularly remarkable in times when most companies are focused on making sequels," said Santoro.

"Project 007 got my attention since the day it was announced, and I feel incredibly fortunate to work with the team making the game."

Matthew LoPilato

Matthew LoPilato | CEO, Tripwire Interactive

Tripwire Interactive has named Matthew LoPilato as its new CEO.

LoPilato joined the games firm back in 2016 and last served as its chief financial officer before his promotion.

Meanwhile, the current CEO and co-founder, Alan Wilson, will assume the role of vice president at the company. Wilson held various senior roles at the studio and stepped into the CEO position in 2021.

"It's been an honor to serve as Tripwire's CEO, but I am beyond thrilled to hand over the reins to Matt," said Wilson.

LoPilato said, "I am grateful to Alan for what he has done for our studio. He has been an amazing leader, mentor, and friend to me all these years, and I am thankful to him and the other founders for the opportunity to continue with their vision and build upon that legacy of achievements."

Craig Fletcher

Craig Fletcher | Chief operating officer, Gameye

Craig Fletcher has joined Gameye's executive team as its new chief operating officer.

His work history includes serving as founder and CEO of online gaming league Multiplay for 19 years.

He also had a one-year stint as CEO of events and esports with Supernova Capital. Fletcher has also held various roles as an investor and chairman of the board.

"There's a huge opportunity for us to dramatically change the landscape of cloud computing," said Fletcher.

"Many companies out there are still making the mistakes that they've been making for decades about how they host their games."

Brenda Panagrossi

Brenda Panagrossi | Ubisoft, US general manager

Brenda Panagrossi has been appointed as Ubisoft's US general manager.

She will lead the marketing and player engagement business operations for the United States.

Before her new role, Panagrossi previously served as Ubisoft's vice president and executive publisher.

She joined the back in 2002 and has climbed its ranks during her tenure.

"Brenda's extensive leadership experience across a wide variety of business teams at Ubisoft, combined with her proven track record in overseeing some of our biggest brands, made her a perfect fit for this new strategic role," said Ubisoft chief publishing officer Alain Corre.

Jaremy Rich

Jaremy Rich | Head of product management, Sony Interactive Entertainment

Jaremy Rich has announced that he has joined Sony as the head of product management for live service games.

Before his new role, he worked at Bungie as its managing director of revenue and product management. Rich was with the game studio for seven years.

He also held the director of product management position at Wargaming for two years.

In Rich's announcement on social media, he said, "After 7.5 amazing years at Bungie, I'm embarking on a new adventure…with this change, I still get to work with many of the talented folks at Bungie still.""

"Working at Bungie has been the honor of my career, and I have many people to thank from my time there, from the Publishing pirate ship."

Sean Brennan

Sean Brennan | Playstack, non-executive director

Playstack has appointed Sean Brennan as an independent non-executive director.

Brennan brings career experience, including a 14-year stint at ZeniMax Europe. He served as its international managing director.

He also worked as CEO of Focus Entertainment for six months.

"I'm extremely happy to have the opportunity to join the Playstack team," said Brennan.

"The company has proved itself to be one of the leading lights on the global publishing scene; it has strategically grown steadily and continues to scale."

Timm Geyer

Timm Geyer | Co-managing director, Sunday

Mobile games firm Sunday has made Timm Geyer co-managing director.

He joins company co-founder Christoph Sachsenhausen to oversee its business operations.

Geyer has held various leadership roles throughout his professional career.

He last served as CEO at Spil Games, where he worked for three years.

During his work history, he also worked as co-CEO at CoolGames.

Geyer said, "I am excited to join Sunday at such a pivotal moment in its journey. The company's commitment to innovation and excellence aligns perfectly with my own values."

Tim Steduler

Tim Steudler | Head of developer partnerships, Mattel

Tim Steudler has announced that he's joined Mattel as head of developer partnerships.

Before this new position, he served as head of business development at Immutable.

During his professional career, he co-founded and worked as chief strategy officer of Rebel Ventures.

Steudler also had a five-year stint as senior vice president of products at ReadyUp.

"I am excited to contribute to [Mattel's] mission of creating innovative products and experiences that inspire, entertain, and develop children through play. I look forward to collaborating with developers to bring new gaming experiences to life," said Steduler in his hiring announcement.

Mike Sanders

Mike Sanders | Chief development officer, Carbonated

Carbonated has named Mike Sanders as its new chief development officer.

He brings with him experience that includes working for 17 years at Puny Human.

He held various roles as a technical producer and CEO at the company.

"It quickly became apparent that Mike is not just deeply knowledgeable about the gaming industry and passionate about the creative process, but crucially, he possesses a rare ability to successfully deliver," said Carbonated CEO Travis Boatman.

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