Gordon Bellamy stepped down as the director
of the Interational Game Developers' Association
last July, and the organization has finally named his successor. Kate Edwards will serve as the group's new executive director
, after being an IGDA member for 16 years, and founding and chairing the IGDA's Localization Special Interest Group.
Global cultural strategy is Edwards' specialty: She worked for Microsoft as a geopolitical strategist in the '90s, and more recently worked at her own company, Englobe
, since 2005. In addition to her other experience with the IGDA, Edwards also helped co-organize the Game Developers' Conference Localization Summit. The IGDA's chairman, Dustin Clingman, says he hopes Edwards will use her talents to help the group "lay a foundation for ongoing international growth."