THQ have announced that Jason Rubin will become the publisher’s president, effective immediately.
Bringing 20 years of successful experience within the industry, Rubin will be responsible for worldwide product development, marketing, and publishing operations, and will report directly to Chairman and CEO Brian Farrell.
Rubin is most well-known as the co-founder of industry powerhouse Naughty Dog, where he co-created and directed many of the developer’s most successful franchises including Crash Bandicoot and Jak & Daxter.
Jason Kay, who co-founded Rubin’s previous company Flektor, has been appointed Chief Strategy Officer. Kay has previously worked as an executive and advisor to companies such as Activision, Columbia House and Home Box Office.
“Jason’s proven track record in the industry speaks for itself, and he is one of the brightest minds in the business,” commented Brian Farrell. “We believe he can be a game changer and can contribute immensely to executing on our strategy of delivering quality connected core game experiences.”
Jason Rubin added, “THQ has incredible internal and external game development teams, and an exciting slate of games in its development pipeline. The recent transformation of THQ into a creator of wholly-owned IP has placed it in a perfect position to leverage future trends in the game business. I look forward to working with the management team and board to realize the company’s goals.”
Lastly, THQ also confirmed that Danny Bilson, EVP Core Games, will leave the company to pursue other interests.
“Danny has made significant contributions to THQ, and we thank him for his efforts,” Farrell stated. Dave Davis, SVP Core Studios will also leave; “Along with Danny, Dave has been instrumental in getting our strong pipeline into production,” Farrell closed.