O'Meara to leave Havok

MD of Irish tech firm to step down after 7 years to "pursue other business interests"

Technology company Havok - behind the well-known physics engine used by a host of videogames developers - has announced that its managing director of seven years, David O'Meara is to leave the company in June to "pursue other business interests".

O'Meara grew the company during his tenure from a small Irish business through to its acquisition by Intel in 2007, winning an Emmy Award along the way.

"Havok is a true Irish success story and continually demonstrates what it takes to forge ahead in a competitive global business," said O'Meara. "Havok is synonymous with quality and innovation. I feel great about all the achievements and innovations at Havok over the past seven years and I consider myself fortunate to have worked with such a great team. The company is in good hands and its position in the global market is unmatched."

And Renee James, senior VP of Intel and chairman of Havok, added: "We have been very happy with our experience of Havok. It is a recognised leader in the games industry. Since we acquired the company over two years ago Havok has surpassed every target we have set for it - customer, operational, technology and financial.

"David will leave the company in a very strong position and we thank him for the leadership he has shown. The board will be appointing a new managing director shortly."

As well as its integration into key titles over the last few years - including Assassin's Creed II, Uncharted 2, Bioshock 2 and Heavy Rain more recently, Havok technology has also been used in a number of blockbuster movies, among them Watchmen, Quantum of Solace and The Matrix.

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