Ubisoft Parts Ways With Tommy Francois Amid Sexual Harassment Allegations
Tommy Francois, a senior employee at video game giant Ubisoft, has voluntarily parted ways with the company after current and former colleagues accused him of sexual harassment and other inappropriate behavior. He was vice-president of editorial and creative services, based in Ubisoft's Paris headquarters, and was the number 2 of chief creative officer Serge Hascoet. Hascoet resigned in July. As one of only a handful of editorial VPs, Francois was among the most senior creative minds at Ubisoft, and helped steer the company's biggest franchises, which include Assassin's Creed, Far Cry, Watch Dogs, and Tom Clancy's The Division.
He has been accused of boasting about masturbating during a business trip and massaging colleagues without asking. He also regularly commented on female colleagues' appearance, current and former Ubisoft employees said. Francois was put on administrative leave in late June and in Guillemot's July 31 email, the CEO told editorial staff that Francois had left the company with immediate effect, but did not say anything more about the departure.
Many of the stories reported by Business Insider echoed those in an extensive report in French national newspaper Libération, published July 1.
Francois joins Hascoet, head of Ubisoft's Canadian studios Yannis Mallat, global head of HR Cécile Cornet, and VP editorial Maxime Beland as senior staff who have stepped down in recent months. Cornet remains at Ubisoft in a different role.