THQ has confirmed that Danny Bilson, the vice president of core games, has departed the troubled publisher. He will be replaced by Naughty Dog co-founder Jason Rubin in a slightly different role, which will see him oversee development, marketing and publishing.

Bilson will be joined by senior vice president of core games Dave Davis out of the exit door. It appears the split is amicable.

THQ’s chairman and CEO Brian Farrell said:

Danny has made significant contributions to THQ, and we thank him for his efforts. Along with Danny, Dave has been instrumental in getting our strong pipeline into production.

Bilson’s replacement, Rubin, has a formidable track record. He co-founded Naughty Dog, where he served as a game director on the Crash Bandicoot and Jak & Daxter games for several years.

Farrell said of the appointment:

Jason’s proven track record in the industry speaks for itself, and he is one of the brightest minds in the business. We believe he can be a game changer and can contribute immensely to executing on our strategy of delivering quality connected core game experiences.

THQ’s financial status remains ominous, but the publisher will be hoping Rubin’s experience can turn its fortunes around. Meanwhile, Bilson’s future plans remain unclear.