Koch Media UK office to head up Deep Silver publishing

Koch Media has made some big changes in itsGerman and UK offices.

The UK branch will now be looking after Deep Silver original IP, while its Munich site is taking charge of partner products and titles from Ravenscourt.

UK sales and marketing director Paul Nicholls (pictured) has been promoted to global brand and marketing director, while UK marketing boss Mark Fisher is becoming head of global marketing. Nicholls reports directly to CEO Klemens Kundratitz.

Mike Richardson is being promoted to global community strategist, and UK PR manager Suzanne Panter has been promoted to senior global communications and event manager. Senior graphic designer Rob Pace takes the role of global creative manager, while global brand manager Huw Beynon is located permanently in the UK office.

Koch Media has also made changes to its vendor management staff, with the company moving from a cross-category team working across both games and home entertainment clients to separate divisions.

Karl Penhaligon takes on the role of head of commercial development for home entertainment, boxed gifting for northern Europe, having worked at Koch for four years heading up its vendor management team. He reports to Juliana Foley.Sales team vet Greg Whalley takes on the role of head of commercial development for games software, reporting directly to MD Craig McNicol.

With Whalley’s move to the commercial development team, Gary Wilson has been appointed UK sales and trade marketing boss, while Tori Ray joins the trade marketing team from the her role of national account manager. Trade marketing manager Kieran McGinley will report to Ray and Richard Ives has joined the sales team as national account manager.

Furthermore the company has made two new appointments. Nicola Woods joins as product and marketing assistant for home entertainment and boxed gifting, while Lynette Hayhow comes on board as games buyer.

"Koch Media has come a long way in our 23 year existence," Kundratitz told MCV.

"At the start, we were a very Germanic company, before we became a company working across several territories. Now, we are a truly global company with a very European set-up and nine local offices. We are really integrated now as a publisher with a global reach. That led us to the decision to build our publishing headquarters out in so far that we maintain the German headquarters in Munich, but are adding the UK office to that international set-up. We are basically running Deep Silver out of two offices in two of the biggest markets in Europe."

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