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Sega of America names new president and COO

Former THQ and Gioteck boss takes over publisher's US arm, will also serve on Atlus board

Ian Curran has been appointed chief operating officer and president for Sega of America, as of today, with the former being a newly-created role for the publisher.

Curran will report to Tatsuyuki Miyazaki, CEO of Sega West, and will be responsible for "utilising all resources available to maximise the profitability of the publishing and Sonic business units within the Americas and EMEA".

He will also serve on the board of Sega subsidiary Atlus USA, the local arm for the Persona developer.

Curran joins Sega two years after leaving peripherals firm Gioteck, where he served as CEO for three years. Prior to this, he spent 13 years working at THQ in various executive roles, rising to be EVP for global publishing. He has also worked as UK general manager for Acclaim Entertainment.

"My thanks and gratitude to Mr. Miyazaki and the entire company leadership for this opportunity to lead our operations and executions in the Americas and EMEA," said Curran.

"I appreciate all of the incredible efforts [Atlus USA CEO Naota] Hiraoka has made to lay the groundwork for our operations in the Americas. It is an incredible time to join the team. As part of the Sega family, we are inheritors of an expansive body of work and opportunity which I plan to help reach its full potential."

Miyazaki added: "As we grow, it becomes necessary for our business to expand its own leadership, incorporating new skills and ideas. It is with great excitement we welcome Ian to the Sega family in this new COO role and as President of Sega of America, roles necessary for our burgeoning success in the Americas. In support of Ian's vision, senior management and I will work with him to ensure he has the support he needs to continue growing our business."