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THQ Aligns For Online Publishing With New Exec Moves

As it attempts to strengthen and focus its online publishing efforts, THQ is promoting its former Asia Pacific VP, Martin Good, to head up Online Services, which it's integrating into its games biz units.
As it attempts to strengthen and focus its online publishing efforts, THQ is promoting ten-year exec Martin Good to the role of executive VP of Kids, Family, Casual Games and Global Online Services. At the same time, THQ is integrating its Online Business Unit with its Core Games and Kids, Family and Casual business units, and Good will head up Online Services as it delivers online games across both groups. "Online and digital represents our industry’s largest growth opportunity and it is imperative that we integrate digital and online game strategies into all of our key franchise plans," explains CEO Brian Farrell. "Now that we have momentum in our online pipeline, this is a natural evolution of our organizational structure, putting the leaders of our two product-focused business units in charge of development across all platforms." According to Farrell, the result is a company organized into two distinct business units, and THQ will "aggressively" create content "in all possible formats." The company chose Good to head up the online initiatives primarily due to his recent experience as senior VP of THQ Asia Pacific and Global Online Publishing, where he oversaw the publisher's activities in Korea, China, Japan and Australia, alongside the company's entry into the Asian MMO space. However, Kids, Family and Casual unit head Doug Clemmer will be resigning his position, THQ revealed, although he will remain in a transitional role through the end of this August. "I want to thank Doug for the tremendous contributions he’s made to THQ over the past eight years and for helping to build our Kids, Family, Casual Games Business Unit," said Farrell. No reason for his resignation is given, but the CEO adds: "We all wish him well in his next endeavors."

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