I picked up on this a while ago, but now there has been an official press statement stating that Upperdeck Europe has now become Upperdeck International:
Upper Deck Europe is now Upper Deck International
Weesp, Netherlands, October 22, 2008 – Upper Deck Europe, the market leader in Trading Card Games (Yu Gi Oh!™, World of Warcraft®), Collectibles and recently also active in Toys and Games, is streamlining its organization and extending its territory responsibility. Upper Deck Europe BV is now Upper Deck International BV.
The new organization is in line with the Upper Deck strategy of being a ‘globally local’ company. In addition to EMEA, Upper Deck International, headquartered in Weesp, The Netherlands, is responsible for Oceania, Japan and Latin America. With offices in Berlin, Paris, London, Milan, Tokyo, Sydney and Sao Paolo the company is optimally organized for distribution across the globe.
In addition to his responsibilities as Managing Director for Southern Europe, Louis Pinto will now also head up the Latin America business.
Upper Deck International is also excited to announce that Hedley Barnes, formerly Managing Director of the Northern & Eastern Europe region is promoted to VP Sales. Mr. Barnes moves to the Weesp headquarters in the coming weeks.
Since October 8th, Ms. Rachel Clement, who built a promising career at Paramount and Disney, has joined the company to head up the UK Business.
“We’ve built our business with the aim to create and deliver innovative high quality entertainment products that contribute to exciting, interactive social experiences. To reach our goals, we have to be a people-centric company to the core. We are passionate about what we do, we are “smart working” and the new organization is a reflection of our commitment and philosophy” says Nico Blauw, CEO of Upper Deck International BV.
Mr Van Speybroeck, Chief Operating Officer, added:”This new organization is reinforcing the fact that Upper Deck International puts its customers in first place and that it is relentlessly pursuing improvements in its organization to be able to better serve the local markets. “
About UPPER DECK INTERNATIONAL B.V.
UPPER DECK INTERNATIONAL B.V. is a premier entertainment publishing company and the industry leader in trading card games, delivering a portfolio of innovative and multi-dimensional product experiences to collectors, and sports and entertainment enthusiasts. Upper Deck International BV also develops, produces and distributes toys, puzzles, trading cards, stickers, family card games, board games, miniature board games, figurines, coins and various other collectible products.
Ground breaking success has already been realized with products like the Yu-Gi-Oh!™and World of Warcraft® Trading Card Games.
Upper Deck’s award-winning games have earned a reputation as the most enjoyable, challenging, and entertaining on the market. With the support of a worldwide Organized Play system, Upper Deck games offer far more than what comes in the box. You can find an opponent and participate on any level of competition, including the local, casual Hobby League, the exciting debut of new sets at Sneak Previews to the international fame and fortune of National, European and World Championships.
Shock horror. No mention of Vs. System and nothing startling in the announcement, but interesting to here it from the horses mouth – so to speak. Be sure to check out their new website which can be found in our link section.