Sega Europe has announced the promotion of two company veterans to its executive management team.
John Clark will be taking the role of executive vice president of publishing while Tim Heaton of Creative Assembly will be executive vice president of studios, with both positions starting immediately.
Clark will be directly responsible for the companies corporate functions with publishing and will advise the COO and president. Heaton will be supporting other Sega of Europe studio directors in their roles, helping to spread best practice across Sega's development arm. This is also going to be in addition to his role as studio director at Creative Assembly.
Sega Europe's former COO and president, Jurgen Post, left his role in June and while his successor is yet to be announced, Clark and Heaton will be directly supporting his successor across all of Sega's strategic business interests.
“John and Tim have been at the forefront of SEGA Europe’s continued growth and success over the past five years and the business would like to thank them for their hard work and congratulate them on their promotions,” said CEO of Sega West, Tatsuyuki Miyazaki. “Both are proven leaders who have enjoyed hugely successful careers at SEGA and the business is confident that these qualities will continue to shine through, galvanising the teams in their embodiment of the values that drive the company culture.”
Sega has had a strong 2017 following the critical reception of Yakuza 0 for Western audiences earlier this year and the continued success of Creative Assembly's Total War franchise, Sports Interactive's Football Manager franchise and the new Motorsport Manager series of games from Playsport Games. The company also recently launched the Sega Forever mobile platform, with many Sega classic games across over 30 years of home consoles coming to mobile for free. The upcoming release of Sonic Mania is also highly anticipated.