THQ Inc. has appointed veteran video game industry exec Kelly Flock to the newly created position of exec VP of worldwide publishing. Reporting directly to THQ president and CEO Brian Farrell, Flock will oversee the company’s publishing activities, including product strategy, marketing and sales stating later this month.
Flock’s 20 plus years of experience in video game publishing, sales, marketing and licensing includes stints as president and CEO of Sony Online Entertainment, president of 989 Studios and president of Sony Interactive Studios America. He also served as general manager of LucasArts Entertainment Company where he managed the game division of Lucasfilm Ltd.
"I’ve been following THQ with great interest since the late 90s, and have been very impressed by the company’s success with both licensed product and original intellectual properties,” Flock comments. “THQ’s management team has positioned the company to take significant advantage of the coming great leap forward in next-generation hardware. I look forward to applying my expertise and passion to THQ’s goal of dramatically expanding its leadership position in the video game industry.”