Sumo Digital expands board and studios with Paul Porter becoming managing director

Sumo Digital expands board and studios with Paul Porter becoming managing director
Sean Cleaver

By Sean Cleaver

October 19th 2017 at 12:43PM

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UK developer Sumo Digital has announced the hiring of five new people to take senior positions and positions on the companies board. Joining the company is David Wilton as CFO of Sumo Group (the parent company), Gary Dunn as portfolio director, Jim Woods as senior development director, Scott Kirkland as development director and Martin Connor as studio design director.

Jim Woods was most recently at Supermassive Games, only joining the company back in July this year. The new hires also mean that co-founder Paul Porter now formally takes the role of managing director, which he had been doing for quite some time. "“Adding this level of expertise and experience further strengthens the team as we continue to grow and build our world-class studios,” said Porter.

Gary Dunn is new to the developer but is not a stranger, having worked closely with the studio in his time with Sega who have often worked with Sumo Digital for titles like Outrun 2, Outrun Coast 2 Coast and Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing. “Having worked with Sumo for over a decade, it was an easy decision to join the team as it prepares for explosive growth across their studios in the UK and India," said Dunn.

The studios are also growing with the Nottingham and Sheffield locations expanding to house new “state-of-the-art” development facilities. The news comes amid rumours that Sumo Digital is planning to go public, reportedly floating for £150 million according to City sources.