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Rovio's head of games flies the coop

Earnest Cavalli, @joystiq
January 29, 2015
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Jami Laes has departed Angry Birds developer Rovio where he lead the games division for nearly the past two years, reports Reuters.

Laes was hired in April of 2013 as Rovio's EVP of Games. At the time, he claimed he was a huge fan of Angry Birds and looked forward to building on the franchise's already phenomenal success. "[W]e've only seen a fraction of what can be achieved with great brands like Angry Birds and Bad Piggies and I wanted to be a part of building that story," Laes said.

Since announcing his departure from Rovio, Laes has offered no information on why he left. He hopes to launch a new startup in the near future, but offered no further information on his plans when questioned by Reuters. Laes' departure comes just over a month after Rovio laid off 16 percent of its workforce.

According to the Wall Street Journal, Laes' role will be filled by industry veteran David Byrne.
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