Jade Raymond, the former producer for major gaming publishers such as Ubisoft and Electronic Arts, has joined Google. Raymond announced on twitter yesterday that she will be joining Google as a "VP," or vice president of the company.
Raymond is a veteran developer and producer who has worked in the gaming industry for over twenty years. Her first job was as a programmer for Sony Online, where she was instrumental in the growth of their Research and Development group. She also had a hand with working at EA for The Sims Online and was a part-time correspondent for The Electric Playground before joining Ubisoft Montreal in 2004.
Her tenure at Ubisoft saw her rise to the producers role for the Assassin's Creed series, as well as an executive producer on Watch Dogs and Splinter Cell: Blacklist, before leaving in 2014 to join EA once again as the head of the new EA Motive Studios.
Raymond would leave EA Motive in October of last year, before announcing her position in Google yesterday.
It is currently unknown what Raymond's vice president role in Google will mean for the tech company. Recently, Google has announced their interest in expanding into the video game market however, including announcing a presentation at the Game Developers Conference later this month. There have also been long-standing rumors that Google is hoping to enter the gaming console market, along with creating a streaming service for video games in the near future.
Quick TakeJade Raymond is a skilled producer and will likely be a good fit in the corporate structure of Google. If the rumors and seemingly likely announcement of a Google gaming platform are true, she is also perfect for leading that push due to her experience.
We shall see if it pans out. What are your thoughts though? Leave your comments below.