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F1 Clash maker Hutch expands its team with three new senior hires

Hutch expanding their portfolio

London-based mobile game development studio Hutch and developer of a renowned racing title F1 clash has announced the addition of three new senior hires as it expands its HR department, licensing, and game development teams. The new inductees will bring years of experience that will provide valuable expertise as the studio continues to grow gradually.

The Hutch team is incredibly ambitious, so we’re constantly looking for fresh, motivated minds to help us reach the next level of our development. Welcoming Charmaine, Damian and April, we are excited to maintain the momentum that not only makes Hutch a great developer, but also levels up our publishing capability and overall work environment.

Shaun Rutland, CEO and co-founder of Hutch

Roles of the three senior hires by Hutch

Charmaine St John, Head of People

Charmaine kicked off her diverse, and 20-year long, career in HR at M&C Saatchi, and has since worked across a wide variety of companies and agencies, such as Ph.D. and Fuse. Becoming an important and trusted advisor throughout her whole career, Charmaine has been responsible for helping companies achieve their best status, and has been recognized with a place on the iList by the IPA for achievements in Diversity & Inclusion.

New Senior hire Charmaine St John, Head of People
New Senior hire Charmaine St John, Head of People

Charmaine joins Hutch as Head of People. This is a new position designed to support the development of staff at Hutch, further build on company culture, and continue to foster an inclusive environment where people are inspired to do their best work.

Damian Hosen, Game Director

With an extensive portfolio of gaming companies under his belt, including Sony, NaturalMotion, and Sumo Digital, Damian has built a highly successful career and brings more than 25 years of expertise to Hutch. Damian has directed successful AAA and mobile games, alongside managing company-wide design departments, working on titles such as LittleBigPlanet3, Until Dawn, and more.

New Senior Hire by Hutch Damian Hosen, Game Director
New Senior Hire by Hutch Damian Hosen, Game Director

Damian joins Hutch as a Game Director for Rebel Racing, where he will use his wealth of experience to manage and expand the player experience, helping Hutch shape the future of racing.   

April Huang, Licensing Manager

Starting her career as a teacher in Taiwan, and transitioning into a doctoral researcher in the Department of Languages in Finland, April’s globe-trotting career saw her move to the UK to kickstart her games career with Codemasters.

Over a ten-year period, April worked on all major titles in Codemasters and advanced from an initial Research role, to a Senior Licensing Executive role overseeing all F1 titles. She then moved onto a production role bringing her transferable skills to the role of Producer.

Senior Hire at Hutch April Huang, Licensing Manager
Senior Hire at Hutch April Huang, Licensing Manager

April joins Hutch as a Licensing Manager, bringing her prior licensing experience to the team. She will further seek to strengthen Huch’s relationships with licensing partners, such as F1 and the car manufacturers, alongside exploring new partnership opportunities.

The three senior hires will give Hutch a new vision to explore

With these strong portfolios in the gaming industry and leading experiences, Hutch is looking forward to boosting their potential with these three new team members in their company.

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