Sony gaming division faucets Amazon lawyer as GC

The brand of Sony’s PlayStation 4 is seen at Tokyo Recreation Present 2016 in Chiba, east of Tokyo, Japan, September 15, 2016. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

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  • Stephanie Burns is becoming a member of Sony Interactive Leisure as basic counsel
  • Burns spent 15 years at Amazon with a short stint at StubHub

(Reuters) – Stephanie Burns, who returned to Inc’s authorized division final 12 months after a short stint at StubHub Inc, is on the transfer once more, this time to Sony Interactive Leisure Inc as senior vice chairman and basic counsel.

Sony’s PlayStation unit introduced the rent in a LinkedIn publish on Monday, saying Burns will head Sony Interactive Leisure’s international authorized crew, overseeing authorized, mental property and enterprise affairs for PlayStation affiliated manufacturers and companies.

Sony Interactive Leisure’s chief authorized officer, Riley Russell, confirmed Tuesday that he’s leaving the corporate on the finish of this month for a brand new function, which he expects to announce quickly.

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“The subsequent GC has a giant job forward of them and I wish to be as useful as doable,” Russell stated in a July LinkedIn publish asserting his departure. “After that, I might be taking my 30+ years of expertise and experience and hopefully put it to good use in my subsequent endeavor.”

Russell has been with Sony Leisure since 1994, serving for 22 years as basic counsel and senior vice chairman for authorized and enterprise affairs and turning into chief authorized officer in 2016. The announcement of his resignation got here as the corporate is within the midst of defending towards two class-action lawsuits over alleged monopolistic pricing within the PlayStation Retailer.

Burns was not instantly accessible to debate her transfer on Tuesday. She was most lately a vice chairman and affiliate basic counsel at Amazon, which she rejoined final Might after a little bit over a 12 months at StubHub. Previous to StubHub, Burns spent almost 15 years at Amazon and had beforehand led a bunch of attorneys and authorized professionals as vice chairman and affiliate basic counsel.

Earlier than her time at Amazon, Burns labored at a handful of software program corporations and regulation companies, together with Merant, Chrome Programs, Davis Wright Tremaine and The Gary Legislation Group, in response to her LinkedIn profile.

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