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Next Games promotes from within for management team

Finnish games developer also promotes former Head of Games Sami Nurmio to Head of New Projects

Next Games promotes from within for management team

Finnish mobile games developer Next Games has restructured its management team with a series of internal promotions.

The Helsinki-based company has promoted former Head of Games Emmi Kuusikko and former Head of Business Development Joonas Viitala to the positions of Chief Product Officer and Chief Operating Officer.

Emmi Kuusikko has 14-years of industry experience and has held roles with Microsoft and Lionhead Studios as Business Management and Strategy Director. She has also held the position of CMO at Finnish games developer Reforged Studios.

Joonas Viitala previously worked for Angry Birds creator Rovio and held various positions including Country Director for China and Korea, Business Development Director and Head of Production for Asia.

Next: new projects

Next Games has also promoted former Head of Games Sami Nurmio to the role of Head of New Projects. Nurmio will be tasked with leading game concepting and prototyping for new products and building a robust new product pipeline at Next Games.

“Next Games is entering into a new phase with multiple new games in the making and I’m very pleased to welcome Emmi and Joonas to the Management Team,” said Next Games CEO Teemu Huuhtanen.

“Their experience and expertise will further reinforce and complement our existing team’s strengths. I’m confident this team will guide Next Games through this important phase of expansion. In addition, I’m excited about strengthening our new product development with Sami’s extensive experience in the games industry.”

The above changes were made effective as of today.

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Iain is a freelance writer based in Scotland with a penchant for indies and all things Nintendo. Alongside PocketGamer.Biz, he has also appeared in Kotaku, Rock Paper Shotgun, PCGamesN and VG24/7.