ISFE Board elects Olaf Coenen, Electronic Arts as its new Chair
16 November 2018
At its Board meeting in Berlin on 14 November 2018, the ISFE Board elected its new Chair, Olaf Coenen, Vice President International Publishing for Europe, Latin America and Asia at Electronic Arts.
Olaf Coenen takes over from Philip Earl, Executive Vice President international at Activision Blizzard.
Simon Little, ISFE Managing Director said “I would like to thank Philip for his strong contribution to ISFE during his Chairmanship, reflecting the dynamic development of the industry. We are looking forward to continuing on this path with Olaf. Olaf’s longstanding experience in the industry and his European and international perspective will further support our work in building awareness and understanding of video games and their value-added benefit to Europe’s digital strategy”.
Olaf Coenen said: “ I am delighted to represent the European video games industry at a moment where the sector is enjoying an unprecedent growth, in particular in Europe and where our innovation capacity is more than ever spamming over to other sectors in society. Europe has outstanding talent and must remain a creative hub for a growing and innovation driven sector like ours ”.
In Berlin the ISFE Board enjoyed a fruitful discussion with the German Federal Minister of Digitisation, Dorothee Bär, on important regulatory proposals impacting the sector such as the ePrivacy Regulation, the Digital Content Directive and the Copyright Directive.
Ann Becker, Head of Policy & Public Affairs
ISFE represents national trade associations in 18 territories across Europe and 14 of the major video game companies. The European video games industry was worth €20 billion in 2017, with a 18% growth in key markets, and has a 250 million gamer community. ISFE ensures that the voice of the video games ecosystem is heard and understood, that its creative potential is celebrated, and that gamers around the world continue to responsibly enjoy great gaming experiences.