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Major esports personnel changes in 2022

Published ${ getTimestamp("2022-03-03T15:50:00+00:00") }}  ·  Updated ${ getTimestamp("2022-06-28T11:52:43+01:00") }}

The esports industry is alluring to many, from avid gamers to technology and sports executives looking to get in on the next big thing. It's difficult to stay on top of all the changes in the esports workforce considering how many companies the industry is made up of but it's useful to know the main movers and shakers, so we're compiling just that!

Below, broken down by month, we're rounding up the biggest esports personnel changes throughout 2022. (And remember, if you're looking for a new gaming or esports job then you're in the right place!)


Saad Sarwar
N/A Senior Vice President, Galaxy Racer

Zach Eller
Creative Strategist, Envy Gaming Director of Creative Strategy, Envy Gaming

Steve LaCroix
Chief Executive Officer, LaCroix Sports and Entertainment President, Wisdom Gaming

Sarah Lee
People Support Partner, 100 Thieves People Operations Manager, 100 Thieves

Monica Philpott
Social Creative and Strategy Lead, Riot Games Esports Marketing Lead, 100 Thieves

Shahin Rasti
Senor Account Director, Fuse Head of Partnerships, EXCEL ESPORTS

Tricia Sugita
Chief Executive Officer, FlyQuest Chief Marketing Officer, Cloud9

Michael Choi
Chief Operating Officer, FlyQuest Chief Executive Officer, FlyQuest

Michael Sherman
Manager of Publishing for LCS, Riot Games Global Head of TFT, LoR, and Project L Esports, Riot Games

Kai Mathey
Head of Partnerships, NYXL Chief Revenue Officer, NYXL

Allie Hahe
Marketing Programs Manager, TSM Director of Sponsorships, Sentinels

Jorge Schnura Becerro
Vice President of Strategy, OverActive Media Chief Executive Officer, Turing Capital

Ricardo Gómez-Acebo Botín
Director of Business Operations in Europe, OverActive Media Head of European Business, OverActive Media

Leo Matlock
Vice President of Commercial, BLAST Managing Director of Development, BLAST

Shahin Rasti
Senior Account Director, Fuse Head of Partnerships, EXCEL ESPORTS

Kenneth Lai
Global Head of Operations of Aftermarket, Dyson Vice President of Global Manufacturing and Operations, Secretlab

Alban Dechelotte
General Manager, G2 Esports Chief Operating Officer, G2 Esports

Irina Shames
Executive Vice President of Revenue and Strategy, 3BLACKDOT Chief Revenue Officer, G2 Esports

Philippe Adam
Investment Professional, Deva Capital Financial Director, G2 Esports

Hayley Reed
Global Brand Marketing Manager, Chelsea Football Club Partnership Manager, Fnatic

Syed Ibn-E-Ali
Head of Finance, Streamline Media Group Chief Financial Officer for Southeast Asia, Galaxy Racer

EXCEL ESPORTS promoted Tim Reichert to its Chief Operating Officer in May.


Samantha Foltmar
Social Media Lead, TV 2 ZULU Head of Digital, Astralis

Ryan Murton
Director of Organic Acquisition, Bumble Vice President of Organic, Midnite

Toni Kaski
Head of Sales, Panc Media Vice President of Commercial Operations, Ninjas in Pyjamas

Upmanyu Misra
N/A Managing Partner, Galaxy Racer

Steve Kim
Partnerships and Business Development Lead for VALORANT Esports, Riot Games Director of Strategy and Operations, Twitch

Seth Fowler
Head of Content Strategy, Team Liquid Director of Content, NRG Esports

Sergey Glamazda
Chief Executive Officer, Virtus.pro → N/A

Brent Koning
Vice President of FIFA Competitive Gaming, EA Vice President of Esports, EA

Atle Stehouwer
Chief Revenue Officer, Team Singularity N/A

Allie Sach
Vice President of Retail and Wholesale, We Are Nations → Senior Merchandise Manager, ESL

Nicole Pike
Head of Esports and Gaming, YouGov Head of Global Gaming and US Sports, YouGov

Pete Hawley
Chief Product Officer, Mythical Games → Chief Product Officer, 100 Thieves

Tim Sevenhuysen
N/A Director of Esports Analytics, 100 Thieves

Alex Wechsler
Senior Producer of Programming and Development, 100 Thieves → Executive Producer, 100 Thieves

Bobin Singh
Senior Social Media Producer, Dignitas Senior Social Producer, 100 Thieves

Zach Katz
Chief Executive Officer, Raised in Space President and Chief Operating Officer, FaZe Clan

Mikael Westerling
Vice President of Business Development Chief Sales Officer, GRID

Tine Hansen
Director of Partnerships, Aaqua Head of Commercial Partnerships, Ampverse

Jenny Hall
Director of Sales and Brand Partnerships APAC, Ampverse Head of Strategic Partnerships, Ampverse

Thomas Jouanno
Chief Marketing Officer, Jouanno LLC Head of Marketing and Director-to-Consumer, Ampverse

Robert Gaxiola
Director of Creative and Content, Something Else Head of Creative, Ampverse

Tim Reichert
Esports Director, EXCEL ESPORTS Chief Operating Officer, EXCEL ESPORTS

Oskar Sisi
Creative Director, EXCEL ESPORTS Marketing and Brand Director, EXCEL ESPORTS

Marcus D. Sallis
Principal of Product Management, EA Vice President and Head of Marketing, eFuse

Grant Rousseau
Director of Esports, Guild Esports N/A

Michelle Tierney
Chief Commercial Officer, Guild Esports N/A

Alan Aviles
Senior Manager of Gaming and Esports Client Services, YouGov Director of Gaming and Esports Client Services, YouGov

Alex Christensen Ringgaard
Senior Social Media Manager, BLAST Social Media Specialist, Team Vitality

XSET acqui-hired Astoic Management in April.


Rita B. Landells
Director of Integrated Marketing, Envy Gaming Director of Creative Strategy and Brand Partnerships, Complexity Gaming

Tyler Wentz
Director of Global Partnerships, Esports Stadium Arlington Manager of Sponsorships, Complexity Gaming

Brennan Altringer
Senior Demand Gen Program Manager, Seagate Technology Director of Audience Development, Complexity Gaming

Johnathan Jordan
Associate Attorney, Kane Russell Colemen Logan PC Vice President of Legal, Envy Gaming

Taylor Gach
Director of Strategic Partnerships, Carolina Esports Hub Director of Gaming and Esports, NASCAR

Lonnie Anthony
Co-founder, Astoic Management Chief Innovation Officer, XSET

Rob Martin
Co-founder, Astoic Management Chief Experience Officer, XSET

Francis Thai
Head of Marketing & Audience Development, NYXL Vice President of Digital Marketing, Vindex

Kardi Harma
N/A Chief Executive Officer, Savvy Ecosystems Company

Jerry Gamez
N/A Chief Executive Officer, Savvy Infrastructure Company

Yannick Theler
Managing Director, Ubisoft Abu Dhabi Chief Executive Officer, Savvy Games Studios

Michael White
Operations Director, Houston Outlaws General Manager, Houston Outlaws

Eric Fischman
Senior Producer, Blizzard Entertainment Head of Creative, OS Studios

Jenn Wong
Strategic Investment and Initiatives Analyst, Ceasars Entertainment Vice President of Strategy and Brand Activations, Gaming Community Network

Alisa Jacobs
Co-founder, Queens Gaming Collective Chief Strategy Officer, Galaxy Racer

100 Thieves
Media veteran Jen Simons joined 100 Thieves as its Chief Content Officer.


Brad Ross
League Operations Lead, NBA 2K Lead Heads of Competitive Operations, Overwatch League

Akemi Sue Fisher
N/A Chief Executive Officer, Galaxy Racer North America

Rikesh Shah
Interim Chief Financial Officer, OverActive Media Chief Financial Officer, OverActive Media

Tyler Keenan
Vice President of Global Partnerships, OverActive Media Senior Vice President of Global Partnerships, OverActive Media

Amy Williams
Director of Global Partnerships (NA), OverActive Media Vice President of Partnerships, OverActive Media

Sofia Eleni Poth
Scrum Master Senior Analyst, Accenture Head of People and Culture, Ninjas in Pyjamas

Sasha Alexandrov
Paid Social Lead, PMG → Head of Media, G2 Esports

Thuy Ha
Executive Creative Director, build a rocket Head of Content, G2 Esports

Charlotte Kenny
Strategic Advisor Senior Commercial Consultant, Club Affairs Managing Director, BLAST Premier

Mitchell Lawrence Smith
Senior Vice President, Head of Development and Production, 3BLACKDOT Chief Content Officer, Andbox

James Lampkin
Vice President of Product Development, ESL → N/A

Adam Xie
International Brand Manager, TJ Sports Senior Publishing Manager, Riot Games

Jen Simons
EVP, Head of Production, Development, and Programming, Barstool Sports → Chief Content Officer, 100 Thieves

Alex Gonzalez
Brand Manager, RESPAWN Products Head of Luminosity, Enthusiast Gaming

Craig Edmondson
Chief Executive Officer of Esports, Zwift Chief Commercial Officer, Fnatic

Nicola Packer
Head of Legal, EXTREME General Counsel, Fnatic

Laura Ashworth-Cape
Legal Counsel, Arsenal F.C. Head of Legal, Fnatic

Ashley Gomez
Brand and Athlete Partnerships Director, VIRUS Global Esports Business Development and Partnerships Manager, Riot Games

Danny Lopez
Chief Content Officer, Galaxy Racer Director of Marketing and Content, Tundra

Patrick Collins
Head of Partnerships, EXCEL ESPORTS Founder, Leapfox

Darren Moore
General Manager, Soniqs Esports Chief Executive Officer, Soniqs Esports

Blair Herter
Senior Vice President of Brand, G4 Global Managing Director of Liquid Media, Team Liquid

Josie Brown
Head of Brand and Culture Lab Marketing, Hulu Senior Vice President of Brand, Marketing and Content, Team Liquid

Jennifer Gares
Operations Manager, Loaded Senior Director of Talent, Team Liquid

Mauricio de Lima
Associate Director, Esports Latin America, Ubisoft Competitive Operations Manager, Riot Games

Michelle Van der Wilk-Rouhof was named the CEO of gaming and esports analytics firm Newzoo.


Jake Trobaugh
Director of Esports Strategy, Version1 Vice President, Head of Esports and Acquisitions, Version1

Michelle Van der Wilk-Rouhof
Commercial Director, Newzoo Chief Executive Officer, Newzoo

Kieran Holmes-Darby
Esports Director, EXCEL Esports Gaming Director, Formula E

Lauren Baines
Global Sales Director, Bidstack Head of European Sales, GameSquare Esports

Leonard Edwards
Vice President of Partnership Sales, New York Islanders → Vice President and Head of Global Partnerships, Evil Geniuses

Woo Kim
Chief Financial Officer, Nativo → Chief Financial Officer, Swift Media Entertainment

Michelle Suzuki
Vice President of People Operations, Second Spectrum → Vice President of People, Swift Media Entertainment

Ted Li
Software Engineer, Google → Head of Data Science, Swift Media Entertainment

Jackie Felling
Director of Product, Call of Duty League → Commissioner, LCS

Matthew Boyd
Vice President and Head of Esports and Games, Nielsen → Head of Research and Insights, TSM

Chris Insolera
Vice President of Global Partnership Sales, BSE Global → Vice President of Sales, TSM

Joshua Brill
Global Head of Marketing, Stakester → Head of Marketing, Fnatic

Kieran Holmes-Darby
EXCEL ESPORTS co-founder Kieran Holmes-Darby bounced back from his shock departure at the org by joining Formula E.


Annie Scott Riley
VP of Marketing and Creative, Version1 Chief Marketing Officer, Version1

Jeff Pabst
Chief Commercial Officer, FaZe Clan Chief Commercial Officer, Loaded

Michael Brancato
Senior Esports Product Manager, Twitch Vice President of Esports, Chess.com

James Woollard
Senior Process and Planning Manager, Business Solutions Head of Commercial Solutions, BLAST

Chris Hana
Chief Executive Officer, The Esports Observer → Vice President of Business Development, Kolex

Anand Rajwanshi
Associate Vice President, Publicis Groupe → Chief Creative Officer, Penta Esports

Tom Hearne
Chief Financial Officer, Sportech → Chief Executive Officer, Tiidal Gaming

Michael Schwartz
Director of Competitive Esports, Immortals Gaming Club → Head of Esports, OG Esports

Dominic Kallas
Head of U.S. Operations, Gen.G esports → Vice President of Esports, TSM FTX

James Frey
Chief Content Officer, 3BLACKDOT → Chief Executive Officer, Andbox

Caroline Young
Vice President of Corporate Partnerships, Los Angeles Sparks → Director of Corporate Partnerships, Evil Geniuses

Christian Chmiel
Production Engineering, AVM → Chief Operating Officer, Berlin International Gaming (BIG)

Matt McGlynn
Vice President of Brand Marketing, RBC → Vice President of Marketing and Brand, OverActive Media

Scotty Tidwell
Chief Community Officer, G FUEL Senior Vice President, Enthusiast Gaming

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