Anika Grant: Ubisoft’s Chief People Officer Is Stepping Down
It has been announced that Anika Grant, the transformative Chief People Officer who joined Ubisoft back in 2021, is stepping down this month. This report comes following a statement by Grant which claims Ubisoft has ‘turned around’ following the slew of abuse-focused controversies that surfaced in the months before she joined the company, two years ago.
‘On The Right Path’
In a report published by GamesIndustry.biz, it was revealed that Yves Guillemot is actively searching for a replacement for Grant, as her role as Chief People Officer will be vacated in just a few weeks. In a statement handed to the publication, Ubisoft’s representatives said:
Anika has been instrumental in leading the transformation of Ubisoft’s human resources and talent management function since she joined the company. She and her team implemented consequential changes and programs that greatly contributed to fostering a safe, respectful, and inclusive working environment in which all Ubisoft team members can thrive and realise their full potential. We warmly thank her for her many contributions.
For the last two or three years, Ubisoft has been a relatively divisive company in the industry. It has suffered under the weight of abuse allegations, layoffs, studio closures, game cancellations, and some poorly received decisions involving accounts, NFTs, and updates on certain games. There are further ‘turnarounds’ expected with some upcoming titles, and the future of flagship franchises like Assassin’s Creed, Far Cry, and Rainbow Six all look strong, but it’s taking a monumental effort to clean up Ubisoft’s reputation.