Ubisoft’s Chief People Officer Anika Grant to Depart Next Month
Ubisoft, a privately held video game developer and publisher of the popular Far Cry and Assassin’s Creed series, announced late last week that its Chief People Officer, Anika Grant, is set to depart the company at the end of next month. Grant joined the company in 2018 with the mission of making Ubisoft a more diverse and inclusive workplace.
Prior to Ubisoft, Grant was Vice President of Human Resources at the Canadian cable TV company, Shaw Communications Inc. She has also held leadership positions in Human Resources in the pharmaceutical, energy, and health care industries.
After joining the company, Grant immediately began to implement initiatives to foster diversity and inclusion within the company. During her time at Ubisoft, Grant was responsible for launching a new Diversity and Inclusion charter, developing a Diversity Infrastructure and launching a series of unconscious bias training. She also led a diversity audit to ensure the company was compliant with diversity policies. Additionally, Grant focused on employee health and well-being with initiatives to increase mental health awareness.
Grant’s strides in diversity and inclusion earned her numerous accolades and recognition including gaming community awards, a National Diversity Award, and more.
As Grant prepares for her departure, Ubisoft has named Anadia Abreu Spies as its new Chief People Officer. Abreu Spies, who joined Ubisoft in 2019, is an experienced Human Resources executive with a successful track record of global people program management. Abreu Spies will lead Human Resources and Diversity and Inclusion for Ubisoft
Ubisoft CEO, Yves Guillemot said: “We thank Anika for her dedication and commitment during her two years at Ubisoft. We are proud of the impact she made and the culture change she started. We warmly welcome Anadia and wish her success in leading our teams in this new chapter .”
Grant said: “I am very proud of the impact I made at Ubisoft and I am committed to continuing to be an advocate for diversity and inclusion in the workplace. I am confident that my team and I have laid the groundwork for Ubisoft’s further progress in this area. I wish Ubisoft and my successor, Anadia, the best of luck in this important journey.”