LONDON, March 2, 2009: Activision Blizzard, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATVI) today announced the appointment of Thibaud de Saint-Quentin as the Senior Vice President and Managing Director of European Publishing, where he will oversee the company's regional strategy and long-term growth initiatives.
Thibaud, who joins the company as of 9th March, 2009, will be based out of its European headquarters in the UK, Stockley Park office and will report to Brian Hodous, Activision Blizzard's Chief Customer Officer.
Mr. de Saint-Quentin brings more than 20 years of management and business leadership experience to Activision, most recently serving as Vice President of Kraft Food's European coffee business, which had significant revenues. In his new role at Activision Blizzard, Mr. de Saint-Quentin will oversee the company's marketing and sales activities including key European accounts, channel management, category strategies and brand activation activities.
"The European market is critical to our continued profitable growth plans and we're delighted to have a talent of Thibaud's caliber on board to guide the organization to even higher levels of success," said Brian Hodous, Chief Customer Officer. "His leadership will be instrumental in the success of the company in Europe and I very much look forward to working with him in the coming years to further enhance our commercial agenda."
Mr. de Saint-Quentin has spent the past 20 years at Kraft Foods and has held such senior positions as Marketing Director in France of their Beverages (coffee) Division, Vice President Strategy and Business Development for cheese and grocery categories across Europe, Managing Director of Benelux and Vice President and Area Director for the UK and Ireland. Mr. de Saint-Quentin holds a master's degree from the Ecole Superiere des Sciences Economiques et Commerciales (ESSEC) in Paris.
"I'm very proud to take up this new role at Activision Blizzard," said Thibaud de Saint-Quentin. "The gaming industry and Activision Blizzard in particular is an incredibly exciting business to be a part of and I'm looking forward to joining the team and leading Europe forward to the next level of growth."
Mr. de Saint-Quentin will replace Joerg Trouvain who is leaving the company due to personal reasons. Mr. Trouvain will be joining his family in Switzerland where he will take a new role outside of the games business.
In thanking Mr. Trouvain, Brian Hodous said, "During his tenure with the company, we made substantial progress in strengthening our business and have a solid foundation upon which to continue our success. We thank him for his contributions and wish him well in the future."
About Activision Blizzard, Inc.
Headquartered in Santa Monica, California, Activision Blizzard, Inc. is a worldwide pure-play online, PC and console game publisher with leading market positions across every major category of the rapidly growing interactive entertainment software industry.
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