Sony Santa Monica head Shannon Studstill has announced moving to Google Stadia, appointing Yumi Yang as Studstill’s successor.
~Studstill on TwitterSo excited to build and support a new team of creatives [at Google Stadia].
~Google Stadia’s Jade RaymondI’ve been a fan of Shannon’s for a long time, and have admired her award-winning work leading Sony’s Santa Monica Studio and the industry defining franchises like God of Warthat have won fans all over the world.
Sony Santa Monica confirmed Yang’s new role with IGN.She has an extensive background in product development and creative leadership, but most importantly, she’s a visionary who, as the Studio Director, will lead and inspire the Playa Vista teams. We’re thrilled to welcome her to the Stadia family!
Taking over as studio head is Yumi Yang, a 19-year PlayStation veteran with an extensive background in product development and heavy involvement across many of Santa Monica Studio’s biggest games. Her project management prowess and meticulous oversight of 2018’s God of War helped the title fully realize its groundbreaking potential.
After nearly two decades and countless substantial contributions to Santa Monica Studio’s rich legacy, Yumi has the unquestioned respect and trust of her peers. With her vast experience and deep understanding of the studio’s distinct creative DNA, she is perfectly positioned to lead Santa Monica Studio to a bold and exciting future.
Sending our best wishes to Studstill and Yang in their new roles.