Highlights from the recent industry hires and moves
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Here are the highlights from the recent industry hires and moves, as published in MCV's March issue.

Sumo Digital's Dean Trotman, Chris Southall, Deeptha Vijayan

Sumo Digital's Dean Trotman, Chris Southall, Deeptha Vijayan

Sumo Digital has made a few senior hires recently. Industry veteran Dean Trotman, formerly at Sega and Codemasters, joined as commercial director. Meanwhile, Chris Southall – who also comes from leadership roles at Sega and Codemasters – will be applying his expertise in producing free-to-play and mobile games as studio director at Sumo’s new Leamington Spa mobile studio. Last but not least, Deeptha Vijayan has been appointed as studio director of Sumo’s India studio in Pune.

Philip Oliver and Andrew Oliver

Philip Oliver and Andrew Oliver

Philip Oliver and Andrew Oliver – co-founders of Radiant Worlds, which is now Rebellion Warwick – have departed Rebellion to set up their own video game consultancy business, Game Dragons. Philip Oliver said: “We’re delighted with what the Rebellion Warwick team has achieved over the last year, and we are confident they’ll continue to flourish. But we’re both looking forward to this next chapter and we’re excited to get started.”

Bandai Namco's Wouter van Vugt 

Bandai Namco's Wouter van Vugt 

Bandai Namco has appointed a new EMEA PR, communications and events director, Wouter van Vugt, based in the firm’s French office in Lyon. He’ll be overseeing and creating global communications strategies for titles including The Dark Pictures Anthology, Jump Force, Ace Combat, Tekken and Dragon Ball. He will be reporting into Herve Hoerdt, SVP of digital and marketing.

Volition's Mike Kulas

Volition's Mike Kulas

After an eight-year absence, Volition founder Mike Kulas has returned to the studio as general manager. Kulas was at Volition – which he originally founded 18 years ago as Parallax Software – until 2011. Since then, he’d spent time working at Revival Productions on Overload, the spiritual successor to Parallax’s Descent.

Athlon Games' Tom Goldberger

Athlon Games' Tom Goldberger

Tom Goldberger, formerly at Ubisoft and Red Bull, is now communications director for Athlon Games, parent publisher of a number of studios, including Splash Damage and Digital Extremes.

Rovio's Jon Howard

Rovio's Jon Howard

Rovio Entertainment has appointed Jon Howard as its new head of communications and PR to drive the company’s communications during the Angry Birds tenth anniversary year. He formerly was lead PR product strategist at Nintendo of Europe and most recently head of PR and influencer relations at Flaregames.

Gemma Johnson Brown, Ruth Falconer, Marie-Claire Isaaman, David Smith

Gemma Johnson Brown, Ruth Falconer, Marie-Claire Isaaman, David Smith

Women in Games WIGJ has appointed a new four-person executive board, consisting of Dovetail Games’ chief people officer Gemma Johnson Brown, Abertay University’s Ruth Falconer (head of division, computing and mathematics, at the School of Design and Informatics), plus Women in Games’ CEO Marie-Claire Isaaman and founder and COO David Smith.

Ganymede Games' Jerry Prochazka and Lynn Stetson 

Ganymede Games' Jerry Prochazka and Lynn Stetson 

Wargaming and Riot Games veterans Jerry Prochazka and Lynn Stetson have created Ganymede Games, a new independent studio based in Las Cruces, New Mexico. It will focus on creating “games that are easy to get into, and easy to get out of.”

2K's Michael Condrey

2K's Michael Condrey

Former EA and Activision executive Michael Condrey has joined 2K to lead its new Silicon Valley studio as president. Condrey co-founded Call of Duty studio Sledgehammer with Glen Schofield back in 2009. He left in February 2018 to take up “new executive duties” within Activision.

CORD Worldwide's Alastair Lindsay

CORD Worldwide's Alastair Lindsay

Keywords Studios’ company CORD Worldwide, an audio services provider to the games and entertainment industries, has appointed Alastair Lindsay as head of audio. He joins from Sony Interactive Entertainment where he led a global team of composers, music supervisors, sound designers and audio programmers as head of audio.

Improbable's Lincoln Wallen

Improbable's Lincoln Wallen

Improbable has appointed ex-Dreamworks Animation and EA Mobile CTO Lincoln Wallen as its new chief technology officer. Wallen’s hire will see current CTO and co-founder Rob Whitehead focus on developing SpatialOS and other Improbable technology as chief product officer. Meanwhile, Improbable’s former chief creative officer, Bill Roper, has announced that he will be leaving the company for a new role at indie gaming studio Author Digital. Wallen said: “I’m excited by the chance to shape the incredibly talented engineering team at Improbable into a world-class technology organisation.”

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