Sega Europe president and COO Jurgen Post has left the company
After 10 years with Sega Europe, the company’s COO and president Jurgen Post has resigned.
Sega announced Jurgen’s “departure” on Wednesday.
"Jurgen leaving us is a huge loss, but he leaves SEGA Europe with the business in a fantastic position and in the capable hands of a superb team who will strive to keep moving it forward," Tatsuyuki Miyazaki, CEO for SEGA West, said.
"We wish Jurgen all the very best for the future and in his new role and hope that his employees there will find him as inspirational and as motivating as we did here."
Post served as Sega Europe’s managing director and senior vice president before promoted to COO and president in 2012.
He instigated and oversaw a seismic shift in SEGA Europe's business operation back in 2012, making the very difficult decision to streamline the company's European setup.
He closed the European offices and doubled down on a newly formed pillar structure.
The pillar structure was at the time Creative Assembly, Sports Interactive, Alien and Sonic the Hedgehog.
The aim of the restructure was, and still is, to focus on quality consumer experiences instead of quantity.
Since then, the business has gone from strength to strength, with SEGA Europe acquiring two new studios forming all new pillars in Relic Entertainment and Amplitude Studios, in addition to acquiring Crytek Black Sea (now Creative Assembly Sofia).
Huge partnerships have been signed with the likes of Microsoft, Wargaming and Elex to license existing IP, release new IP and build new franchises.
Additionally, a raft of fantastic best practice PC conversions have been released including Bayonetta and Valkyria Chronicles.
The legacy Post leaves behind is of a business transformed.
"I am leaving the company in a time where the future is looking bright, profitable, stable and hopefully Sega can just continue to build on the success that we are having right now. And I believe they can,” Post said in an interview with gamesindustry.biz.
Post’s tenure has seen Creative Assembly grow to become one the largest development studios in Europe, Sports Interactive to experiment with new ideas within the Football Manager franchise and nurtured the undeniable development talents of Relic Entertainment and Amplitude Studios.
"It's a very different SEGA to the company many of us grew up with but it is once again on the path to great things and SEGA Europe would like to publically thank Jurgen for his leadership, his dedication to a vision and his tireless work to realise it," Sega said in a statement.
SEGA Europe's CFO, John Ward, will act as interim COO while Post’s replacement is sought.