Meet Jenny, WIGJ’s new CEO.
Today Women in Games Jobs (WIGJ) was delighted to announce that the industry veteran Jenny Richards-Stewart has joined the non-profit organization as CEO.
Jenny was previously a joint CEO of Gremlin Group PLC, and she even presided over its sale to Infogrames/Atari back in 1999. She went on to become the Chair of the Board of Governors at the GamesAid sponsored Paddington Academy for six years. From there, she went on to work for a number of diverse companies, including digital mobile marketing agencies. One thing never changed throughout her working life, however: She has always been a passionate advocate for encouraging women to maximize their potential.
David Smith, WIGJ’s founder, stated, “The WIGJ network continues to grow. It now has nearly 5000 supporters globally and this year’s annual conference was again a sell-out. The level of awareness of the gender imbalance in the games sector has increased significantly since WIGJ was founded but there is much more to do to encourage the recruitment and retention of a more diverse games industry workforce. We think Jenny will help bring WIGJ to the next level of becoming a professional membership organization capable of working with government, trade bodies, employers, those already working in games and job seekers to campaign for a more inclusive games sector for the benefit of the games industry as a whole.”
Jenny replied, “I have attended several WIGJ events and fully support their aims and aspirations. I feel that there is need for an organization within the games industry which promotes equality and encourages new talent to join this exciting industry. I think WIGJ has done some great work in this arena and has the potential to become even more influential. I want to take WIGJ forward to the next stage by developing closer ties with key organizations and raising its profile in the games industry.”
Those interested in meeting Jenny can do so during the next WIGJ London Meetup on Wednesday, November 12, 2014.