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Electronic Arts' former games head Frank Gibeau leaves after more than 20 years

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Longtime Electronic Arts executive Frank Gibeau left the publisher after more than 20 years at company, according to a report EA filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

Gibeau was the executive vice president of EA Mobile prior to his departure, a role he assumed in 2013. Prior to that, he served as president of EA Games and EA Labels, where he oversaw development of the company's franchises, including Battlefield, FIFA, Madden NFL, Need for Speed and The Sims. Gibeau joined the company in 1991, according to his LinkedIn profile.

EA CEO Andrew Wilson, who assumed that role just prior to Gibeau being named head of EA Mobile, released the following statement on Gibeau's departure:

Today we are announcing that Frank Gibeau has chosen to transition on from Electronic Arts. Throughout a more than 20-year career, Frank's made many significant contributions to the company, our people and our games. Most recently, he's worked to strengthen EA Mobile by building a great team. We'd like to thank Frank for his achievements at EA, and we wish him all the best in his next chapter.

Mobile games continue to be a core focus for EA, and thanks to our incredibly talented mobile teams, our position has never been stronger. With a foundation of key titles, core strength in live services that provide years of entertainment, and new games that are bringing in more players, engagement across the EA Mobile portfolio continues to grow. Our studio teams have new experiences in development for some of EA's biggest franchises, powerful new IP like The Minions and Star Wars, and more creative concepts at early stages in the testing process. As the mobile gaming audience continues its rapid expansion, EA has a tremendous opportunity to deliver amazing entertainment to more players around the world.

We have strong leadership across EA Mobile today, and the team will report to me directly as we work through our long-term organizational plans. I look forward to working closely with our teams throughout EA Mobile and continuing our momentum.

Thank you to everyone in our EA Mobile teams and studios for your passion and commitment to delivering amazing experiences to our players.

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