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THQ Promotes From Within to Replace Executive VP

by Rainier on Aug. 28, 2007 @ 4:44 p.m. PDT

THQ executive vice president, Worldwide Publishing, Kelly Flock, is stepping down for personal reasons, and will be replaced by former senior vice president, North American Sales and Distribution, Scott Guthrie, and Ian Curran former senior vice president, International.

Scott Guthrie, senior vice president, North American Sales and Distribution, has been promoted to executive vice president, reporting directly to President and CEO Brian Farrell. In his new role, Guthrie will be responsible for sales, distribution and marketing for North and South America, and will now oversee global brand management. Guthrie brings more than 15 years of sales and marketing experience to his role, including positions at major media and consumer product companies such as The Walt Disney Company, PepsiCo and Colgate-Palmolive. Bob Aniello, senior vice president, Worldwide Marketing, will report to Guthrie.

THQ also announced the promotion of Ian Curran from senior vice president, International to executive vice president. Reporting directly to President and CEO Brian Farrell, Curran’s responsibilities include sales, distribution and marketing for countries outside of the Americas. Under Curran’s leadership, THQ’s international sales have more than doubled and he has overseen the expansion of THQ’s global operations to include 15 direct sales and marketing locations outside of the Americas. Curran brings more than 15 years of publishing experience to his new position, including sales roles at leading media companies such as Time Warner Inc.

The promotions are designed to improve synergy within the publishing organization and provide an even greater focus on building THQ’s global footprint.

“Ian and Scott have a combined thirty years of experience in publishing, including sales and marketing positions at leading entertainment and consumer products companies,” said Brian Farrell, president and CEO of THQ. “Under their leadership, THQ has significantly grown sales and market share in both North America and Europe.”

THQ also announced that Kelly Flock, executive vice president, Worldwide Publishing, will be stepping down for personal reasons. Flock will remain in a consulting role for THQ.

“Over his two year tenure with the company, Kelly has helped build a world class publishing organization deep with talent and expertise,” said Farrell. “We appreciate his contributions to the business.”

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