Bungie, an independent and employee-owned creator of world-renowned video games such as Halo and Destiny, today announced major initiatives to prepare for the company’s rapid and expected future growth, including the appointment of Trace Harris and Pamela Kaufman from Viacom CBS to its board of directors.
“We are grateful and honored that our independent success will allow us to invest in our talented people and our headquarters this year and are thrilled to welcome Trace Harris and Pamela Kaufman to the Board of Directors,” said Pete Parsons, CEO of Bungie. “The past few years have been a time of great growth and opportunity for Bungie. We are home to some of the best and brightest talent in the industry, and we look forward to expanding our talent pool this year and increasing resources to support them. Trace and Pamela also bring incredible media and entertainment expertise, and we look forward to leveraging their proven acumen as we continue to build the future of our company.”
Headquarters expansion, international office starting in 2022
In January, as part of its ongoing plan for sustainable growth, Bungie initiated an extensive expansion and redesign of its global headquarters. Estimated to be completed in the fall of 2022, this project will increase Bungie’s headquarters footprint from 84,000 square feet to more than 208,000 square feet. In addition to building state-of-the-art facilities to support the growth and development of its talented employees, one of the primary drivers for Bungie’s expansion is to increase commitment to the long-term development of Destiny 2, tell new stories in Destiny Universe and create entirely new worlds in IP to be announced. The new facility will include a reinvention of its Bellevue, WA-based studio space to support multiple project teams, including those outside of Destiny Universe. Designed by award-winning architect NBBJ,
In 2022, Bungie will open its first international office in Amsterdam. This office space represents Bungie’s evolving global business and will house the company’s growing Publishing and Marketing divisions, ensuring Bungie’s continued commitment to unifying and expanding its passionate community of players around the world.
Investments and Key Personnel Announced
Along with additions to its Board of Directors, Bungie has also announced several key additions and investments to its renowned talent pool.
New appointments to Bungie’s leadership team for the years of industry experience they bring from inside and outside Bungie: Luis Villegas (chief technology officer), Danielle Porter (chief financial officer) and Don McGowan (general counsel).
To expand Destiny IP and bring new stories and experiences to its highly engaged community, Bungie appointed Mark Noseworthy (Vice President, Destiny Universe) and Luke Smith (Executive Creative Director, Destiny Universe) to oversee and prepare for the expansion of the Destiny Universe. into additional media. Justin Truman (General Manager, Destiny 2) assumes leadership of Destiny 2’s successful development.
Finally, Bungie has appointed Jonny Ebbert (Chief Creative Officer) and Zach Russell (General Manager, Incubation) to build and drive the creative vision and foundation of Bungie’s future worlds alongside the next generation of leaders at Bungie, with plans to bring at least one. new intellectual property to market before 2025. Jason Jones (director of vision) assumes a talent-facing role to help Bungie’s top creative leaders unlock their full potential across the company.
Bungie welcomes entertainment and media expertise to the board of directors
Bungie has announced the addition of two new members to its Board of Directors – Trace Harris, finance and strategy executive, and Pamela Kaufman, president of Global Consumer Products at ViacomCBS. Harris and Kaufman bring years of experience in multimedia IP expansion along with their acumen in scaling business operations and join NetEase’s Simon Zhu as external members of Bungie’s Board.
Trace Harris is a finance and strategy executive with extensive experience in governance, financial transactions and partnerships for industry-leading companies in the entertainment and technology sectors. She serves as a board member, chair of the Compensation Committee and member of the Audit and Mergers & Acquisitions Committees of Altair Engineering, a global software company in the areas of data analytics product development and high performance computing and data analytics. Harris’ professional experience includes 13 years with global entertainment company Vivendi, most recently as its senior U.S. strategy, finance and M&A executive.
Pamela Kaufman is president of ViacomCBS Global Consumer Products, overseeing worldwide licensing and marketing for ViacomCBS’ portfolio of brands spanning Nickelodeon, MTV, Comedy Central, BET, CBS, Showtime and Paramount Pictures, and iconic franchises. Kaufman previously served as president of consumer products and chief marketing officer for Nickelodeon.
Bungie’s board of directors is chaired by Pete Parsons. The Board provides guidance and feedback to Bungie’s leadership team in support of Bungie’s mission to create hopeful worlds that inspire passionate gaming communities and lifelong friendships.
Bungie is an independent, employee-owned game development studio based in Bellevue, Washington, dedicated to creating hopeful worlds that inspire passionate gaming communities and lifelong friendships. For nearly three decades, that purpose has led to the creation of some of the most famous video game franchises, including Marathon, Myth, Halo and Destiny . Today, Bungie is focused on developing the future of the Destiny universe and new worlds to come.