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UBISOFT TAPS FORMER UBER EXEC RAASHI SIKKA TO HEAD DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION

Following recent allegations of sexual harassment, misconduct, sexism and racism — and subsequent executive resignations and restructuring as a result — Ubisoft on Tuesday revealed it has brought on Raashi Sikka as its new vp of global diversity and inclusion, a newly-created position at the French video game company.

Sikka, who previously headed diversity and inclusion efforts at Uber, will oversee the design and rollout of a variety of programs meant to help foster and spread diversity and inclusion strategies throughout the company. Sikka will be the first diversity and inclusion leader recruited by Ubisoft heading up this initiative across Europe and Asia, though her influence will be widespread among Ubisoft’s editorial, development and marketing departments.

“Video games have the power to promote the values of diversity and inclusion,” Sikka said “I hope my work will help reinforce this and ensure the content created at Ubisoft is reflective of the different backgrounds, cultures, identities and stories the teams bring to work each day.”

Sikka will officially fill her new role beginning on Feb. 1 and will report directly to Guillemot.

Previously, Ubisoft found itself caught up in a storm of allegations of inappropriate behavior. Ultimately, this culminated in the chief creative officer Serge Hascoët, managing director of Ubisoft’s Canadian studios Yannis Mallat and global head of HR Cécile Cornet resigning from the company earlier in July.

Ubisoft is still seeking a replacement for the chief creative office position, though Yves Guillemot, CEO and co-founder, took on the role in the interim.

“Moving forward, as we collectively embark on a path leading to a better Ubisoft, it is my expectation that leaders across the Company manage their teams with the utmost respect,” Guillemot said in July, following news of the resignations. “I also expect them to work to drive the change we need, always thinking of what is best for Ubisoft and all its employees.”

Sikka’s hiring comes hot on the heels of an additional expansion to the team. Ubisoft is also naming Belén Essioux-Trujillo as its new independent director of compensation and governance committee, replacing ex-chief studios operating officer Virginie Haas, who resigned from the board after her appointment to her current position in August.

 

Photo courtesy of Ubisoft

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