Serious Games International has hired five industry veterans to help the company create its slate of future serious games. SGI creates game-like applications that are used for real-world practical purposes such as corporate training... The new hires include Mark Stanger, Gary Knight, Paul Ranson, Felix Bradshaw, Mark Cottan, and former Sega executive Mike Hayes. Hayes is serving as the company's executive chairman.
Stanger, a former employee of Eidos and Warner Bros., will serve as the commercial director. Knight, a former senior vice president of marketing for Sega, takes on the role of content and branding consultant. Ranson, the former managing director of Slam Productions, has been appointed development director of the company's creative studio. Former Codemasters alumni Bradshow will lead business development. Finally, Cottam will head the company's new office in the United States as vice president of business development and operations.
"The senior team that we're building here will work with our colleagues in academia to bring a fresh but proven perspective to the business of applying games techniques to serious software solutions," said managing director Tim Luft. "The potential is massive: global revenues in this market are predicted to double over the next three years."