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Savvy Gaming Group hires trio of CEOs | Jobs Roundup: April 2022

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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.

Trio of CEOs | Savvy Gaming Group

Savvy Gaming Group has announced the appointment of Kadri Harma, Yannick Theler, and Jerry Gamez to lead three of its five operating companies.

Harma was hired as CEO of Savvy’s ecosystem company, Theler as CEO of the firm’s studios, and Gamez as CEO of Savvy’s infrastructure company.

Kadri Harma previously worked as a partner at various funds, including GoBeyond Capital, Sisu Game Ventures, and GameFounders.

Yannick Theler formerly was the managing director of Ubisoft Abu Dhabi, where he had been working for the past decade. He spent 20 years at Ubisoft in total across Europe, China and the Middle East, starting as marketing manager back in 2002.

Finally, Jerry Gamez previously worked in the food industry as a senior executive.

Savvy’s ESL FaceIt Group, which it acquired in January, will continue to be led by Craig Levine and Niccolo Maisto as co-CEOs.

Pictured left to right: Jerry Gamez, Kadri Harma and Yannick Theler of Savvy Gaming Group

Pictured left to right: Jerry Gamez, Kadri Harma and Yannick Theler of Savvy Gaming Group

Emily Britt | Diva Agency

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Diva Agency’s head of communications Emily Britt

Creative agency Diva has hired Emily Britt as head of communications as it launches its new comms service.

Britt has been working as a consultant for the past few years, with companies such as Renaissance PR, BAFTA and Indigo Pearl.

Prior to this, she was senior PR manager for Europe at the Pokémon Company International, and held international PR manager roles at Square Enix and 2K Games, among others. She initially started in the industry in 1999 at Konami.

Diva’s CEO Suzy Barnes commented: “is the perfect person to head up our integrated comms offering, dovetailing into our strategic and creative briefs to create a cohesive end-to-end service for our clients.”

Cameron Lee | Rainbow Six VP, executive producer, Ubisoft

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Cameron Lee

Ubisoft has appointed games veteran Cameron Lee as the new VP, executive producer of the Rainbow Six franchise.

In the role, Lee will be tasked with leading the long-term strategy for the brand, and brings with him over 20 years of managerial experience from the likes of EA, Activision and Bungie.

“What drew me to Ubisoft was the priority placed on creativity on a scale not seen elsewhere in the industry,” Lee said. “And the investment in our top franchises like Rainbow Six to really unleash our imaginations for our players.”

“I’m inspired by the people across all our Ubisoft studios and their incredible passion for creativity and quality gameplay, and I’m excited to see what we can do together as we look to new player experiences, platforms, and entertainment as a whole.”

Jeff Ross | Design Director, Crystal Dynamics

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Jeff Ross, Crystal Dynamics

Tomb Raider studio Crystal Dynamics has hired Jeff Ross as its new design director. Ross announced the move via Twitter, adding: “I’m thrilled with the project, and especially the team of wonderful people.”

Ross joins after a seven-month stint at Mortal Kombat maker NetherRealm Studios, where he held the position of design manager. Prior to this, he spent almost 15 years working at Bend Studio, where he rose to become game director for PlayStation exclusive Days Gone.

He has also worked at The Collective, Rockstar Vancouver and Sony Computer Entertainment America.

It’s unclear which project he has been hired for, but it’s known that Crystal Dynamics is supporting development of the Perfect Dark reboot and working on a new Tomb Raider powered by Unreal Engine 5.

David Smith | Founder, Women In Games

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David Smith, Women In Games

The founder of advocacy group Women In Games is retiring. David Smith will leave the organisation at the end of April.

Women In Games was first formed in 2011 and is known for several initiatives supporting women seeking or trying to advance careers in the games industry, including its annual conference.

Smith also helped to form BAME in Games, a similar organisation that focuses on Black, Asian and Minority Ethnics in the games industry.

Marcin Kawa | CEO, All In Games

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Marcin Kawa, All in Games

The Polish publisher has named Marcin Kawa as its new chief executive officer.

Kawa has worked at All In Games since 2020, starting in the production department and promoted last year to chief operating officer.

Prior to this, he has spent almost 20 years working in the games industry, starting as a journalist before later getting into games production. He has worked at a variety of firms, including Gameloft and Feardemic.

This article will be updated throughout the month with more personnel news as it emerges.

If you have jobs news to share or a new hire you want to shout about, please contact us on newhires@gamesindustry.biz

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