THQ restructures, names Naughty Dog co-founder president

Major changes are afoot at beleaguered publisher THQ, as the company announced executive vice president of the Core Games division Danny Bilson will leave to pursue other opportunities.

Coming on as president of the company will be Naughty Dog co-founder Jason Rubin, who has been working on a variety of projects, including his involvement in the Aspen Comics work Iron and the Maiden, since his 2004 departure from the Sony-owned developer. Rubin will report directly to company CEO Brian Farrell. According to a THQ press release, Rubin’s position “comes as THQ realigns its focus from a maker of licensed games for broad audiences to a developer of AAA “Core” games for multiple platforms,” which is in keeping with the company’s general M.O. as it recently announced the end of its ValuSoft budget title division.

Along with Bilson’s departure, THQ will also see senior vice president of the Core Games division Dave Davis out the door. While no replacements were announced specifically for the empty positions, it’s easy to imagine Rubin assuming most, if not all, of the duties Davis and Bilson were responsible for given the timing of his hiring.