SEGA Europe and North America CEO Mike Hayes is leaving the company
SEGA's not exactly had a shining recent history. Once one of Nintendo's chief competitors, the company's glory days in the console market came to a crashing end with the Dreamcast. Now, SEGA largely makes its profits by publishing third-party titles rather than developing its own. And just last month, SEGA announced massive job cuts to restructure it business.
Unfortunately, we seem to have another spot of bad news just over the horizon (depending on where you're standing, I suppose), as the CEO of SEGA West, Mike Hayes, announced that he plans to step down later this year, likely sometime in the summer months. There doesn't seem to be any word on why he's stepping down, or how he came to the conclusion that he must , and all SEGA has to say on the matter is the following:
"Mike has achieved a huge amount during his time at SEGA and we thank him for the amazing things he's accomplished…he's a great character and very passionate about the industry, he helped steer the extraordinary growth of SEGA and has built an exceptional team of professionals that will stand us in good stead for the future."
Jurgen Post will step into Hayes' role after he steps down, while Hayes will take on roles around the industry and remain a consultant on the Sonic franchise.
Source: GamesIndustry International
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