MCV Jobs Weekly: Lowe leaving Nintendo, top jobs

James Batchelor
MCV Jobs Weekly: Lowe leaving Nintendo, top jobs

In MCV's weekly rundown of the hottest vacancies and latest personnel news, popular marketing exec Rob Lowe prepares to leave Nintendo and we look at the best job vacancies.

Rob Lowe leaving Nintendo for BBC

Rob Lowe will leave Nintendo UK on June 1st.

He is moving to BBC Worldwide, where he will take up the role of marketing director. Lowe has been at Nintendo since 2004. Before that, he was a category product manager at retail chain Dixons.

Lowe was one of the execs responsible for the launch of Wii in the UK. His replacement will be announced at a later date, as will the new marketing boss stepping in for Dawn Paine.

“Rob has been a valuable member of the UK marketing team and whilst we are sad to see him go, we are proud to watch a member of our Nintendo family start a new chapter in their career,” said Nintendo UK general manager David Yarnton.

“Rob leaves behind him a talented and exceptional team who will continue to deliver some of the industry’s strongest and most creative campaigns as we embark on an exciting year ahead.”

TOP FIVE VACANCES - week ending April 6th, 2012

via OPM Recruitment – Head of European Sales, Games

via OPM Recruitment – Product Manager, Games

via OPM Recruitment - Senior QA Tester

via Aardvark Swift Recruitment - Senior Designer

via Aardvark Swift Recruitment - Audio Programmer

 For more vacancies, head to MCVUK.jobs

PERSONNEL NEWS

HMV: Former Tesco buyer Fethers joins HMV

The entertainment retailer has hired Mike Fethers as games peripherals and digital buyer.

Fethers previously held a similar role at Tesco and replaces recent HMV departee Gavin Howes, who has joined Carphone Warehouse.

“I’m thrilled to be joining HMV at this exciting time,” said Fethers. “It’s a company that has great heritage, but is now also responding to the fresh opportunities that are being increasingly presented by the new and different ways that gamers are discovering and enjoying games content.”

HMV’s technology and games boss Ewan Pinder added: “I’m delighted to welcome Mike to HMV, not just for the great experience and fresh approach he will bring, but also by way of giving much greater focus to our games peripherals and digital business.”

GAME: CEO Ian Shepherd steps down

CEO Ian Shepherd has resigned following the troubled retailer’s entry into administration.In an internal memo, he explained: “I’ve said a number of times that the administrator, once appointed, takes charge of the business. Having two people try to do that is both confusing and a waste of money. With that in mind, I’ve agreed with Mike Jarvis [from administrator PwC] that I will step down as CEO and leave the business immediately.”

Infinity Ward: Bowling leaves CoD studio
Creative strategist Robert Bowling has left the Call of Duty studio. He worked at Infinity Ward for six years, during which he helped develop and launch the Modern Warfare franchise. 

An Activision statement read: “We sincerely thank Robert for his many years of service.”

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