Just weeks after announcing his departure from Ubisoft's Montreal studio, Martin Tremblay has been hired by Vivendi Universal Games, joining the company as president of Worldwide Studios.
Tremblay had served as chief operating officer for Ubisoft's Montreal studios since 2000, having joined the company a year earlier as executive vice president. During his time with the French publisher, Tremblay was credited with expanding the staff from just 450 to 1,400 people, turning the studio into one of the key development divisions of the firm.
His former position at Ubisoft has recently been filled by Prince of Persia producer Yannis Mallat, who has served with the company for the past six years and worked on a number of high profile and commercially successful titles, including two Prince of Persia games, and a GBA game based on the Rayman franchise.
In his new role with VUG, Tremblay will assume responsibility for overseeing internal studio operations, managing external developer relationships and setting the creative vision for the publisher's future projects.
Tremblay will report to Bruce Hack, VU Games' CEO, who commented: "We are delighted to have Martin join Vivendi Universal Games. He has the vision, enthusiasm and track record to elevate the company to a leadership position in the industry. We know that Martin will harness the immense creativity of VU Games' development executives and studios to create top tier mass market experiences for gamers around the globe."
Peter Della Penna will continue to serve as VU Games' COO, and will now be reporting directly to Tremblay.