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IGDA's Jen MacLean stepping down

Executive director will be temporarily replaced by association's board chair Lucien Parsons

Jen MacLean is stepping down from her position as executive director for the International Game Developers Association.

She has held the role for nearly two years, but leaves to pursue a new career opportunity. She will assist with the transition for her replacement by serving a one-year term on the IGDA board.

Current chair of the board Lucien Parsons will step in as interim executive director while the organisation searches for a replacement.

"My time as executive director has been the most rewarding part of my time in the games industry, and I thank the IGDA board and staff for their support and hard work to help our developers," said MacLean.

"I'm proud especially of how we expanded the IGDA to truly represent our international mission and diverse membership. This was the ideal time for me to move on and for us to find a fresh new voice to guide the IGDA into the 2020s. In the interim, I know Lucien will continue our strong work."

During her tenure as executive director, the IGDA expanded to include new chapters in Pakistan, Istanbul, Kenya and Brazilian city Fortaleza.

MacLean also founded various special interest groups for Latinx and Muslim developers, as well as analytics, game art and games for health.

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