Sumo co-founder Mills appointed Director of Excellence and Integration

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Darren Mills

Co-founder Darren Mills has been appointed Director of Excellence and Integration at Sheffield-headquartered Sumo Group PLC.

He will be replaced as Studio Director of Sumo Sheffield - one of the company's seven UK studios - by Jim Woods, who has been promoted from Production Director. 

COO Paul Porter said: “I’m delighted to announce two new senior appointments. It is vital, as we continue to grow and integrate new businesses and studios into the Group, that we constantly keep our culture, policies, processes and practises under review. 

“This ensures they are aligned to support our growth and remain fit for purpose both for the Group and for our people. To this end, I am pleased to confirm that Darren Mills will be taking up the role of ‘Director of Excellence & Integration’.  

“As a co-founder of Sumo, Darren is the perfect candidate to add value and make an impact in this important role within the Group.

“It is testimony to the strength of our management team that we can replace Darren with Jim Woods. Jim worked with Sumo for over a decade before joining the company in 2017. His experience and pragmatism have put him in great stead to lead our largest studio.”

Mills (above) said: “This new, key role allows us to focus on our values and goals, enabling us to effectively action change and make Sumo Group studios some of the best places to work in the industry.  I’ll be leading a broad range of projects, delving into the detail of what it’s like to work at Sumo and how that experience can improve.” 

Woods added: “I’m delighted to be given the opportunity to run Sumo Sheffield. Darren has done a fantastic job for the past four years and I hope to build on that success moving forwards.

“The combination of talented people and exciting projects will allow Sumo Sheffield to showcase the quality of games we are capable of delivering and further enhance the strong reputation that each of our studios enjoy in the games industry.”

Sumo Group has 10 studios across the UK, India and Canada.