MCV Jobs Weekly: Justin Towell departs GamesRadar+

GamesRadar+’s reviews editor is now self-employed, EA names Laura Miele as EVP of global publishing and IO poaches Ubisoft director Ryan Barnard.

Justin Towell departs GamesRadar+

Justin Towellhas just departed GamesRadar+ after ten years at Future to become self-employed. He joined the company in 2006, rising from editorial assistant to reviews editor.

Working at GamesRadar+ with Andy Hartup, Dan Dawkins and the immensely talented global team has been a privilege, and I leave the site in a state of phenomenal audience growth and high journalistic quality,” Towell stated.

However, by any measure, 10 years in one place is a long time, so I’m now looking to set up several new creative projects myself, based around photography, video, writing and music. I will still be available for freelance games writing and video, so if you need someone who knows how to use the gears in racing games, do get in touch.”

EA names new EVP of global publishing

Former Electronic Arts SVP Laura Miele has been promoted to EVP of global publishing, announced CEO Andrew Wilson.

He said in a statement: Over the course of her career with EA, Laura has held a variety of leadership roles across publishing, marketing and analytics. She has played an integral role in developing the fabric of our company, and she has navigated challenges with great focus and leadership. I am thrilled to have her strategic thinking, drive and passion for play in this critical position.”

Miele commented: I have been fortunate in my 20 years at EA to be a part of delivering what I believe to be the highest form of entertainment to millions of people around the world all while working with incredibly talented people.

I am honoured to step into this new role and lead global publishing in a time of rapid change for the industry, when there is more opportunity than ever to deliver awesome experiences to players. I couldn’t imagine a more exciting challenge.”

IO Interactive hires Ubisoft director Ryan Barnard

After four years at Ubisoft’s Massive, Ryan Barnard has left the firm to join IO Interactive, as gameplay director.

Barnard previously was Ubisoft’s game director and recently worked on The Division. He started his career at Sony in 2003, and also worked for Crytek and the late Mythic studio.

IO said in a statement: Ryan will focus on expanding on the near-endless possibilities of gameplay that a game like Hitman possesses. Ryan’s contributions to game design over the years show he’s the ideal person to spearhead the coming efforts.”

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