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Bilson quits THQ, Naughty Dog co-founder appointed as president

THQ undergoes "major leadership restructuring"

THQ has announced that Naughty Dog co-founder Jason Rubin has been appointed as President of the publisher, effective immediately.


This news comes as THQ undergoes "major leadership restructuring", it said in a press release, which also confirms that EVP of Core Games Danny Bilson and SVP Core Studios Dave Davis have quit the firm.

Bilson is said to have left to "pursue other interests".

Along with co-founding the hugely successful Naughty Dog, Rubin is credited as a co-creator of the Crash Bandicoot and Jak & Daxter series.

Rubin will be responsible for all of THQ's worldwide product development, marketing, and publishing operations, working under chairman and CEO Brian Farrell.

"We believe [Rubin] can be a game changer and can contribute immensely to executing on our strategy of delivering quality connected core game experiences," said Farrell.

THQ has seen an upturn of fortunes in recent weeks after suffering a turbulent start to 2012, with financial woes that led to significant job cuts. But last month, news that THQ was on track to report better than expected results for its fourth fiscal quarter saw company's shares reach the highest point in two decades.