In a move that I didn’t see coming, Brett Close has left 38 Studios “to pursue other interests.” This is a big change because it’s been said in the past about Close that he’s loyal and sticks to a position. As a matter of fact it’s been discussed in the past that they were very pleased to be able to wrest him away from his last position. Now we don’t know if this is a personal change for Brett, or if this is business driven. We probably won’t know for a long time, if ever. Brett isn’t from the Boston area and maybe there were family reasons for the change. We’re just speculating, but any time the person at the top changes it’s a big deal. The announcement hit the 38Studios.com site Friday, August 21st.
Brett is replaced at the helm by Jennifer MacLean, who was announced as joining the team back in March. According to the release on the site, Jennifer is going to be the new CEO. Close held the position of President and CEO. 38 has not announced if Jennifer is going to be running the day to day business or if she’s going to take a more traditional CEO role and drive strategy.
According to IGN.com;
Prior to joining 38 Studios in March 2008, MacLean was vice president and general manager of games at Comcast, the largest cable company in the United States. Chairwoman Emeritus of the Independent Game Developers Association, named by Gamasutra as one of the “Top 20 Women in Games,” and listed by Next Generation as one of the game industry’s “100 Most Influential Women,” MacLean has more than fifteen years of extensive experience in online content and interactive entertainment and holds an M.B.A. from Columbia Business School.
We’ll keep on top of this and let you know what role she will take and where Brett Close might land.