MCV Jobs Weekly: Square Enix strengthens its communications team

Colette Barr andSunil Godhania will focus on Final Fantasy, Toxic hires a new editor and Activision promotes Philip Earl to EVP international.

Square Enix strengthens its communications team

Square Enix Europe has expanded its PR and community team with two new hires.

Colette Barr has made the move from agency PR to in-house: she joins following two years at Lick PR. She will take on the role of PR executive for the company’s flagship MMO, Final Fantasy XIV.

She commented: I’m extremely excited to join the Square Enix family and work on a brand that I’m personally very passionate about.”

Sunil Godhania also joins as community executive working on titles such as Final Fantasy, Dragon Quest and Kingdom Hearts. Godhania previously was the founder and manager of the Final Fantasy UK Fans community group.

Senior PR manager Alex Huhtala stated: We’re delighted to welcome Colette and Sunil to the team working across our Japanese titles in Europe and PAL regions, they join at the perfect time as we get ready for a busy 2016 and beyond full of eagerly anticipated titles.”

Simon Ward becomes Toxic’s editor

Children’s publisher Egmont has promoted Simon Ward from deputy editor to editor of boys’ lifestyle magazine Toxic.

Ward is also editor of Download Magazine, which he launched in August 2015 and focuses on digital products and companies within the games industry.

Ward stated: I’m so excited to step up at this thrilling time to take the number one pre-teen magazine in the market to even greater heights.

Toxic has a brilliant and phenomenally talented team, who know our readers inside out. And I can’t wait to help add to this publication’s incredible legacy.”

Philip Earl replaces Steve Young as Activision’s EVP international

The Call of Duty publisher has named Philip Earl as executive vice president of international. He replaces Steve Young, who is heading to Activision’s headquarters to become chief revenue officer and executive vice president.

Earl previously was Activision’s EVP and managing director for the Asia-Pacific region. He first joined the firm in 2008 as senior vice president for the same territory before taking the role of Activision’s executive vice president in 2010.

Young commented: The international group is critical to our continued profitable growth plans and we’re delighted to have a seasoned industry executive of Philip’s caliber assume this important role.”

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