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Namco appoints three new key execs

Management additions will "augment effort to grow North American operations" says publisher

Namco Bandai has appointed three new executives to key positions within the company in a move that it says will assist growth in North America.

The appointments see Catherine Fowler joining the senior management team as senior VP of marketing, Robert Stevenson take over as VP of online development, and Graeme Bayless enter the organisation as studio general manager.

"We are very excited these three talented game industry veterans have joined our executive staff," said Genichi Ito, Namco's president and CEO. "Each of these individuals brings with them a proven track record of success and leadership in publishing, business development, and studio management, respectively, and will augment Namco Bandai Games' effort to grow our North American operations."

With 15 years leadership experience, including previous roles as senior VP of Codemasters and senior VP of sales and marketing of Konami, Fowler has joined Namco to work on its North American marketing strategies, corporate branding and communication initiatives.

Stevenson, now responsible for growing the company's online offerings in areas such as MMOGs, direct to digital titles and community services and premium download content, was previously VP of business development and worldwide publishing at Atari.

Meanwhile, Bayless has more than two decades experience in videogame development, including a stint as VP of special projects at 2K Games and director of production at Crystal Dynamics. In his role as studio manager, he will oversee the production of Namco titles such as Splatterhouse and Dead to Rights: Retribution.

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