The COO and President of Sega Europe, Jurgen Post, will leave the publisher after more than ten years.
Post will depart next month for "a new opportunity in the entertainment industry." He tells GamesIndustry.biz that it was "time to move on and maybe do one last trick, before I disappear forever."
Sega Europe's CFO, John Ward, will act as interim COO while a replacement for Post is sought.
Post leaves a strong legacy within Sega, having played a pivotal role of turning around its Western business. Following a string of losses, he was part of the leadership team that switched focus from physical to digital markets, put the emphasis on its studios (initially Sports Interactive and Creative Assembly) and played a key role in the acquisitions of Relic, Amplitude and Crytek Black Sea. You can read more about his impact in his final interview as a Sega employee right here.
"Jurgen leaving us is a huge loss, but he leaves Sega Europe with the business in a fantastic position and in the capable hands of a superb team who will strive to keep moving it forward," said Sega West CEO Tatsuyuki Miyazaki. "We wish Jurgen all the very best for the future and in his new role and hope that his employees there will find him as inspirational and as motivating as we did here."