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Bungie HR chief steps down

Bungie HR chief steps down

The head of HR at Destiny maker Bungie, Gayle d'Hondt, has stepped down from her position at the studio.

That's according to IGN, which reports that d'Hondt sent an email around to employees announcing that she was vacating the role and that she wanted to do "everything in my power" to ensure that Bungie is a "safe, welcoming, and supportive environment." She also said that it was vital that the people team – human resources – was made up of people "new to Bungie." It's unclear whether d'Hondt is leaving the studio entirely or is just changing positions.

"I know that they need to be trusted to be your advocates – not labeled as 'enablers' or seen as company resources who provide bad actors with safe harbour," d'Hondt wrote.

She continued: "I am proud of the work I did at this company. I believe I made recommendations that were in the best interest of our people and in service of the company we wish to become. I also believe we made some mistakes, and that to become the better version of ourselves – the company I know we can be – we have to acknowledge and confront them, in good faith, and grow together."

This comes in the wake of an expose into Bungie's working culture by IGN, which shows that the developer has had issue with abuse, harassment and misconduct over the years, but that things had improved.

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