In a surprise move, former Ubisoft executive and EA Motive founder Jade Raymond has left the behemoth publisher. Games Beat reports that Samantha Ryan – who’s currently in charge of Maxis, BioWare, and EA’s mobile studios – will take over, fronting all of the company’s North American sub-units apart from Respawn and EA Sports.

The reason for Raymond’s departure is unclear. EA Motive was working on an unannounced Star Wars game, but it’s also functioned as a support studio for various games, including Star Wars: Battlefront 2.

“In her time with us, Jade helped to build great teams, and our projects underway at Motive and other studios continue unchanged,” said EA’s head of communications John Reseburg. “We’re appreciative of all of her efforts, and we wish Jade all the best as she moves on to her next adventure. We are driving greater creativity into everything we do across EA Studios, and we’ll look forward to sharing more in the months to come.”

[via venturebeat.com]