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THQ Signs Naughty Dog Co-Founder as President, Bilson Resigns


THQ has announced that former “Core” Games VP, Danny Bilson, has resigned from his post with the publisher. Replacing him will be Naughty Dog co-founder Jason Rubin who will act as president effective immediately.

Rubin, who will be responsible for all of THQ’s worldwide product development, marketing and publishing, will report directly to Brian Farrell, CEO and chairman of THQ.

In addition, the company also announced that Dave Davis, SVP of Core Games, will also be leaving.

THQ had this to say regarding the recent departures.

Danny has made significant contributions to THQ, and we thank him for his efforts…Along with Danny, Dave has been instrumental in getting our strong pipeline into production.

If Rubin doesn’t sound familiar to you, he’s the co-founder of the highly-touted Sony studio, Naughty Dog, and an industry vet considered to be a pioneer among his peers.

THQ issued this press release welcoming Rubin into the fold.

Jason’s proven track record in the industry speaks for itself, and he is one of the brightest minds in the business…We believe he can be a game changer and can contribute immensely to executing on our strategy of delivering quality connected core game experiences.

I think a congrats are in order for Mr. Rubin and I sincerely hope Danny Bilsona and Dave Davis the best of luck in their future endeavors.