EA vet Jeff Chaiken joins Skybound amid acquisition push

EA vet Jeff Chaiken joins Skybound amid acquisition push

Entertainment giant Skybound has hired Jeff Chaiken as it looks to go on a buying spree.

The EA alum comes on board in the newly created role of SVP and head of corporate development and strategy. Chaiken has worked at Electronic Arts for the last nine years and played a role in the acquisitions of both Respawn and Codemasters.

Before that, he spent five years in corporate development and strategy at Hewlett-Packard, having previously worked in consulting and investment banking.

“Skybound’s expertise in bringing compelling entertainment experiences to audiences across mediums, unlocks exciting first-to-market advantages across the TV, film, video game, animation, board game, and merchandise sectors," Chaiken said.

"Skybound has a broad portfolio of beloved content and IP, and a high-caliber, experienced team comprised of the industry’s top talent, and I am looking forward to working with this team to continue Skybound’s impressive global growth."

The company's chief business affairs and legal officer, Ned Sherman, added: "We are so excited to welcome Jeff as a key leader on our executive team. By bringing Jeff on, we’re signaling to the market and the business community that we are eagerly and actively looking for more deals.”

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