LOS ANGELES, Jan. 15, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Premiere global esports organization, industry leader and pioneer, Gen.G, today announced that it has appointed Chris Park as Chief Executive Officer. Gen.G has also announced that co-founder Kevin Chou will assume the role as Executive Chairman. Park comes from a long and distinguished career in sports business leadership and building innovative brands, most recently from Major League Baseball where he served since 2015, most recently as Executive Vice President, Product & Marketing.
Park will be setting and guiding the day-to-day execution of Gen.G's strategy in a close partnership with Chou, and as Chairman, Chou will remain active in leading the Board of the company he founded. During his tenure with Major League Baseball, Park paid close attention as esports grew into a formidable counterpart to the more traditional sports leagues. He'll now play an intricate role in the ongoing development of the esports business as CEO of Gen.G.
"I can't express how thrilled I am about this new journey into the esports world with Gen.G," said Chris Park, Chief Executive Officer for Gen.G. "Having spent years with a traditional sports league, it was evident that competitive gaming was booming — well now it's here and here to stay. I look forward to continuing to build an esports powerhouse in Gen.G, especially here in the US and specifically LA, setting the bar for what a gold standard organization should look like."
"We are extremely excited for Chris to join Gen.G and lead us to new heights," said Kevin Chou, Executive Chairman for Gen.G. "He has a brilliant mind for growth and innovation, and we look forward to him applying his great skill set with Gen.G. We have big goals for 2019 and beyond, and Chris is the right person to lead us into the future."
Park will relocate from New York City to Gen.G's new headquarters in Los Angeles, while also spending time in Seoul, Korea as part of his onboarding. In other organizational moves, Kent Wakeford is transitioning to Vice Chairman.
Gen.G is coming off a banner year in 2018, as it announced a renewal with NETGEAR's Nighthawk Pro Gaming, brought on the legendary Chris Bosh as Player Management Advisor, and formed an all-female Fortnite team. Competitively, Gen.G's PUBG and Heroes of the Storm teams claimed championships, while the Seoul Dynasty and League of Legends teams are poised for big years in 2019.
"Chris possesses the vision, creativity and work-ethic to level up everything we do here at Gen.G," said Arnold Hur, Chief Growth Officer, Gen.G esports. "Given his experience, understanding of the sports business, and passion for competition, we know that Chris will make an effortless transition. I speak for everyone here at Gen.G when I say he's a perfect fit for our organization."
About Chris Park:
Before his new appointment as CEO of Gen.G, Chris Park served most recently as Executive Vice President, Product & Marketing for Major League Baseball. There he managed digital product development, marketing, and international business development for MLB. Chris has worked for Facebook and McKinsey & Co., and clerked for Judge Stephen F. Williams on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. He is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School, both magna cum laude. Chris serves on the Board of Directors for the Family Caregiver Alliance. He lives in New York with his wife Michelle Jang and their dog Russell.
About Gen.G esports:
Gen.G Esports is a global esports organization founded in 2017, with offices in Seoul, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Shanghai. It owns and manages championship heritage teams competing in the world's biggest esports competitions on the world's most recognizable gaming franchises — Overwatch, Overwatch Contenders, League of Legends, Fortnite, Player Unknown's Battlegrounds, and Clash Royale. Gen.G speaks to a generation that grew up on gaming, equally serving the needs of its players, fans and business partners to create a winning environment that positions its teams for success.
Gen.G is represented in the highly competitive Overwatch League by 'Seoul Dynasty'. 'Gen.G LoL' is a force on the League of Legends front as winner of the 2017 League of Legends World Championship in Beijing. 'Gen.G HotS' burst onto the scene in 2017, winning the Heroes of the Storm Global Champions at BlizzCon 2017 and 2018 consecutively. Gen.G's Player Unknown's Battlegrounds team 'Gen.G PUBG' claimed the third-person perspective title in the PUBG Global Invitational 2018. Chinese team, 'Gen.G Clash Royale' and a US based Fortnite team were announced in 2018, stamping Gen.G's industry leadership with a presence in three major esports markets.
Current partnerships include gaming hardware manufacturer Razer, chair manufacturer SIDIZ, computer networking company NETGEAR, and Samsung SSD.
More information about Gen.G esports and its teams can be found at: https://www.geng.gg/
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