Another Ubisoft manager left the company after several employees charged him with sexual harassment and misconduct.
Tommy François, who served as vice president of editorial and creative services at Ubisoft, left the company last week, Business Insider confirmed after receiving an internal email from Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot. Although Guillemot did not comment on François’ reasons for leaving, it only came a week after Business Insider reported reports from both current and former Ubisoft employees that the manager would comment on the appearance of colleagues and massaging employees inappropriately. He also discussed masturbating during a business trip to Montreal in 201
François headed creative management for a variety of studio franchises, including Assassin’s Creed, Watch Dogs and Far Cry. It is unclear who took over François’ critical position, and the company did not immediately respond to a request from Digital Trends for a comment on his departure and his final replacement.
François is just the youngest in a line of Ubisoft executives to leave the company after allegations of widespread sexual harassment and abuse in the studio. Last month, Serge Hascoet, Ubisoft’s chief creative officer, resigned on charges of sexual harassment, along with Yannis Mallat, head of Ubisoft’s Canadian studio, Cécile Cornet, the human resources manager, and others. François worked closely with Hascoet, who reportedly had the final say on whether the games would progress or not.
Guillemot said after reports surfaced last month that the company “really feels sorry” for those who have come forward and shared their stories. He promised to “change Ubisoft for the better” and said the studio had commissioned global consulting firm Accenture to launch an investigation into how widespread the problems are. The results of this investigation should be available at the end of September.
In other statements, Guillemot has also promised to overhaul the creative department overseen by Hascoet and François, acknowledging that the company “has failed to meet its obligation to ensure its employees a safe and inclusive work environment.”
Looking ahead, Ubisoft plans to “create an environment that its employees, partners and communities can be proud of – one that reflects Ubisoft’s values and is safe for everyone,” said Guillemot.