Each month, Esports Insider curates a list of the industry’s key personnel changes. Here we have compiled March’s most notable movers and shakers. To read more about a story, click the corresponding link in the title.
Victoria Horsley on her new role at Riot Games
The worlds of collegiate and professional esports continue to collide, as evidenced by the appointment of Victoria Horsley — who has been working with Esports Insider’s events team this year — to League Operations, Global Competitive Team, VALORANT, at Riot Games.
She will work with Alex Francois, Global Head of Competitive Operations as the team continues to build out its esports arm, including the VALORANT Champions Tour (VCT). All the best, Victoria!
Read our exclusive interview with Victoria on her new role here.
Esports movers and shakers, March 2021
Team Vitality appoints Guillaume de Monplanet as Co-CEO
French esports organisation Team Vitality has appointed Guillaume de Monplanet, formerly of adidas, as its Managing Director and Co-CEO.
Monplanet joins the organisation after more than 20 years of experience in the sports and lifestyle sector. This includes tenures at Reebok as its Country Brand Director, France and an eight-year stint at adidas as the firm’s Managing Director for France.
MEDIAPRO strengthens LATAM operations with new appointments
Spanish multimedia communications group MEDIAPRO has announced several new hires to LVP’s and UBEAT’s LATAM divisions.
This includes the appointment of former VICE Media LATAM Commercial Director Jezer Alarcón, and Andrés Varela, who was previously Riot Games’ Esports Manager in Latin America.
The Wolf of Wall Street joins GameSquare Esports’ Advisory Board
GameSquare Esports, the parent company of Code Red Esports, has announced that Jordan Belfort, who is known as the ‘Wolf of Wall Street’, has joined its Advisory Board.
Belfort is widely recognised as being a former stockbroker, with his 2007 memoir titled ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’ adapted into a film featuring Leonardo DiCaprio as Belfort in 2013.
Gfinity bolsters operations team with two appointments
London-based Gfinity has announced the hiring of Sing Doung and Graham Pitt to its tournament operations team.
Doung has been revealed as Gfinity’s new Esports Solutions Manager, while Pitt will serve as the organisation’s Head of Esports Operations.
Tammy Brandt joins FaZe Clan as Chief Legal Officer
North American esports organisation FaZe Clan has appointed Tammy Brandt as its new Chief Legal Officer (CLO).
Brandt, who will also hold the title of Head of Business and Legal Affairs, joins the organisation after a three-year spell at virtual-reality technology company Dreamscape Immersive as its Chief Legal Officer.
Vindex appoints Ryan Fitzpatrick as Senior Vice President of Strategy
Esports technology company Vindex has announced that Ryan Fitzpatrick has joined its backroom team as Senior Vice President of Strategy.
Fitzpatrick joins Vindex from media company NCompass International, where he was Senior Vice President and its Head of Gaming and Esports. His responsibilities included developing and delivering ‘gaming and brand experiences’.
Veloce Esports appoints Guido Hakkenberg as Head of Partnerships
Esports and racing organisation Veloce has strengthened its management team with the recruitment of Guido Hakkenberg as Veloce Esports’ Head of Partnerships and James Robinson as a Commercial Consultant for Veloce Racing.
Allie Long joins Queens Gaming Collective as Strategic Advisor
Women-led gaming company Queens Gaming Collective has announced that 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup winner Allie Long has joined its advisory board as a strategic advisor.
As part of her role, Long will collaborate with Queens Gaming Collective’s roster of creators, streamers, and competitors to help develop their gaming brands and businesses.
EVOS Esports appoints Aaron ‘Qontra’ Chan as Head of Talent
Southeast Asian esports organisation EVOS Esports has announced the appointment of Aaron ‘Qontra’ Chan as its Head of Talent for markets in Malaysia and Singapore.
Chan will deal with the organisation’s partnerships and talent acquisitions within the regions.
The Chiefs Esports Club welcomes Ben Dixon to its Board of Directors
Australian esports organisation The Chiefs Esports Club has welcomed Ben Dixon, Co-founder and CEO of the influencer platform Vello, as the newest addition to its Board of Directors.
He is a former Australian Football League player and previously worked as an analyst, boundary commentator and media host at Fox Sports.