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Jo Twist is leaving UKIE

Jo Twist is leaving UKIE

Dr Jo Twist OBE is leaving UK video games trade body UKIE.

No replacement has been named as of yet, though the organisation's senior leadership team – chief commercial officer Sam Collins and strategic project lead Dan Wood – will be filling in the CEO position until a new chief exec is found.

Twist joined UKIE as its CEO in 2012 and has been a champion for the UK games industry. She is joining music video games trade body the BPI as its new CEO.

"I have enjoyed an incredible journey as CEO of UKIE, ensuring we are a future facing, inclusive trade association, which fully reflects and represents the amazingly innovative and creative sector we advocate on behalf of," Twist said.

"I want to thank the UKIE Board members past and present with whom I have had the great pleasure of working, but without a doubt, the UKIE team past and present deserve all the thanks for being a brilliant, creative, dedicated group of people who will continue to thrive under new leadership. It's been a decade of change and of phenomenal growth for the UK's games sector, and I can't wait to see what the next decade brings."

UKIE Chair Tim Woodley added: “Jo will be a hard act to replace and follow but this is an exciting juncture for UKIE and the industry. We obviously need to take time to find the right person to lead UKIE into the next stage of its journey. Thankfully we are afforded the time to do this due to the high calibre of the UKIE Senior Management Team and the entirety of the UKIE staff which Jo has galvanised."

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