Electronic Arts has announced that Patrick Soderlund, current executive vice president of worldwide studios, is moving to a different position within the company. Laura Miele, the current head of global publishing at EA, will be taking over Soderlund’s role as essentially the number two position within the company.
Soderlund was formerly CEO of DICE, the Swedish developer know for Battlefront and Battlefield games primarily. When EA acquired DICE, Soderlund was put on a track to rise within the company. EA created the worldwide studios division in 2016 and placed Soderlund at the top to better wrangle all the various studious under the company umbrella. Soderlund will be making a move to chief design officer in the company, taking on big picture ideas for EA.
Miele has been in EA marketing and was the general manager of the Star Wars group from June 2013 through June 2014, making her the key player in securing the Star Wars exclusivity deal for Electronic Arts. After Peter Moore left his global publishing position to oversee esports initiatives within the company, Miele was chosen to take over where Moore left off.
It’s interesting that this change is being made now. I expect Miele is being prepared for bigger things in the future, perhaps even as the head of the company.