After more than a decade with the organisation including four successful years at the helm, Warwick Light, General Manager, Sales and Marketing, Sony Computer Entertainment New Zealand Ltd (SCENZ), yesterday announced his imminent departure for a new role as Sales and Marketing Director, Russia and Eastern Europe, based in London.

His new position, which he is set to commence on July 20, will involve the management of 22 employees throughout the key markets of Russia, Czechoslovakia, Poland and Hungary.

“It was an opportunity that was too good to pass up and whilst I’m sad to leave, I’m really excited about the prospect of working in new territories and tackling new challenges,” he says.

He leaves the New Zealand operation in excellent shape. It has consistently maintained a dominant market position that in some aspects is unparalleled anywhere else in the world.

Light will be replaced by David Hine, currently SCENZ’s Marketing Manager, who will head up the company taking a new role as Sales and Marketing Manager effective June 11. He will be supported by Alfie Atilano, SCENZ Commercial Manager. The changes were informally announced at an exclusive SCENZ premiere function held a fortnight ago attended by 300 media, gaming retailers, industry personnel and celebrities.

“It was a brilliant night that showcased the bevy of games and blockbuster titles set for release on PlayStation 3 over the next six months, including Metal Gear Solid 4, Motorstorm Pacifica, Killzone2, Little Big Planet, Buzz Quiz TV and Singstar. With a lineup this strong, offset by the calibre of talent we have within our team and Dave’s proven leadership abilities, SCENZ is positioned extremely well for continued growth and development,” adds Warwick Light.

“The premiere was a celebration of all the great things that make PlayStation a truly unique entertainment entity - innovation, performance, and personalisation. With more than a dozen titles on show, a stunning backdrop and a great turnout, everyone at the event experienced all of those things in spades. It was a truly memorable way to say goodbye to the New Zealand gaming industry, for now at least,” concludes Light.