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Team17 names Steve Bell as its new CEO

Team17 names Steve Bell as its new CEO

UK publishing label Team17 has revealed who will be stepping up to be its chief executive officer.

The company has named Steve Bell (pictured) as the replacement for Debbie Bestwick MBE. He will be joining Team17's board on September 4th, ahead of taking the CEO position on January 1st, 2024.

Bell comes from the world of digital marketing, having co-founded Iris Worldwide Holdings back in 1999. In 2021, he was promoted to the global group CEO of the company.

"I am thrilled to be joining Team17," Bell said.

"The company has an incredible track record and I'm excited to help build on the Group's strong foundations to continue its impressive growth trajectory. I look forward to working closely with the Board, Mark (CFO), Michael, Julia, Tim and Emmet - the Group's divisional CEO's and their broader teams to bring even more compelling games and apps to players, alongside driving further momentum by supporting the Group's successful organic and acquisitive growth strategy."

Bestwick added: "As a board, we have run a rigorous process to find a new Group Chief Executive and we are delighted to announce Steve as my successor. Steve's experience as a co-founder of a people-centric business means he understands the importance of our vibrant and inclusive company culture which remains the cornerstone of everything we do across the Group. I look forward to working with Steve through the handover process, and to supporting him and the broader team thereafter in my role as a Non-Executive Director."

Team17 announced that Bestwick would be stepping down in March of this year.

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