Electronic Arts is advancing chief studios officer Laura Miele to chief operating officer, the organization declared Thursday. The change is a major promotion for Miele, who previously had huge leadership at the organization managing 25 different studios. The new role will give Miele more noteworthy oversight over the organization and apparently makes her the most influential woman in gaming, an industry where there are not many female executives, fewer in the C-suite, and where those C-suite executives are frequently responsible for HR or finance instead of the organization’s products.
Ubisoft made Virginie Hass its chief studios operating officer last August, following scandals over a toxic culture including harassment and wrongdoing that went as high as the C-suite ranks.
Miele joined EA in 1996 and has served as chief studios officer since April 2018. The Verge talked with Miele in July, where she examined how the pandemic changed development at EA. Miele will move into the role throughout the next few months, as per an SEC filing (PDF).
EA likewise reported that CFO Blake Jorgensen will leave the organization. He’s relied upon to leave in 2022, and a search to replace him “will begin immediately.” Chris Bruzzo, who was previously the company’s executive vice president of marketing, commercial, and positive play, will become the company’s chief experience officer.
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