Disney nabs EA Mobile chief

As Disney was busy laying off a substantial portion of its games division this week, it was also doing some hiring. Mickey_mouse

The Mouse House has lured away Adam Sussman, vice president of Electronic Arts’ mobile division. Sussman will become Senior VP of publishing for Disney Games – further indicating the company’s plan to focus almost entirely on mobile and social titles moving forward.

Sussman is credited with making EA a powerhouse in Apple’s App Store, along with other platforms. That division was responsible for over $200 million in revenue, according to Sussman’s LinkedIn profile.

“Adam’s ability to grow businesses geographically as well as his talent for working across platforms and distribution channels make him an ideal leader in our games division,” said Mr. Pleasants. “His passion for games and his understanding of all facets of the business will make him a key part of our success.”

Sussman’s a Disney vet. From 1999-2005, he worked at the company in a number or roles, including overseeing mergers and acquisitions. He also served as general manager at Take-Two Interactive Software.

He comes into a company that’s in the midst of an ugly transition. Over 200 people were laid off this week from Disney’s Interactive Media Group – and a second round of layoffs is said to be looming.

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