As part of THQ’s restructuring plan, the company appointed Naughty Dog co-founder Jason Rubin as its president, effective immediately. Most gamers recognize Naughty Dog as the studio that developed hit series like Crash Bandicoot, Uncharted, and Jak & Daxter.
According to THQ’s statement, Rubin will be responsible for “worldwide product development, marketing, and publishing operations, and will report to Brian Farrell, THQ Chairman and CEO.” A second Jason–Jason Kay–also joined THQ as its new Chief Strategy Officer.
CEO Brian Farrell had this to say about the company’s new president, ““We believe [Rubin] can be a game changer and can contribute immensely to executing on our strategy of delivering quality connected core game experiences.” Given the company’s success with Saints Row: The Third and with Darksiders II coming this August, one can’t argue that THQ is staying true to its word.
Rubin’s and Kay’s appointments come on the heels on the departure of former Executive Vice President Core Games Danny Bilson. Bilson is “leaving to pursue other interests.” SVP Core Studios Dave Davis is also leaving the company.