Ubisoft Taps Former Uber Exec as VP Diversity and Inclusion

Raashi Sikka

Raashi Sikka

Raashi Sikka will develop and implement strategies that promote diversity and equity among the video game publisher's global workforce and report to CEO Yves Guillemot.

Ubisoft has appointed Raashi Sikka as vp global diversity and inclusion.

As the first person to take such a position at the French video game publisher, Sikka will design and implement inclusion strategies that promote diversity and equity amongst Ubisoft's global workforce. She will report to co-founder and CEO Yves Guillemot.

"Raashi’s experience in helping elevate diversity and inclusion strategies on an international scale will be a key in helping us move our workplace culture forward," said Guillemot in a statement. "We are committed to making Ubisoft a more inclusive and diverse company. With Raashi’s counsel, insight and vision, and the involvement of the company’s management and all Ubisoft team members, I am confident that Ubisoft can take its place at the forefront of Diversity and Inclusion in our industry and also play our part in the broader corporate world."

Sikka's appointment follows accusations of harassment and discrimination that surfaced in July this year and resulted in a restructuring of Ubisoft's editorial department to combat toxic behavior. The company also strengthened its two initiatives to bring new voices and perspectives to the industry, including a mentorship program to develop diverse talent and an increasing investment in the Ubisoft Graduate Program, which focuses on opportunities for game developers from underrepresented groups.

"I am eager to start my new role at Ubisoft and embrace this opportunity to partner with colleagues throughout the company in all matters of diversity, equity and inclusion," said Sikka, in a statement. "A primary focus coming in will be to carefully listen to all voices that want to participate in improving Ubisoft’s values and culture, and I will count on the support of every Ubisoft team member to move the company forward. Video games have the power to promote the values of diversity and inclusion. I hope my work will help reinforce this and ensure the content created at Ubisoft is reflective of the different backgrounds, cultures, identities and stories the teams bring to work each day. Ubisoft’s leadership has demonstrated a real commitment to this, and I am excited about what we can achieve together."

Sikka, who started her career as a television producer for leading news channels in India, previously served as head of diversity and inclusion across certain regions for Uber and is a founding member of Uber India.

She will assume her new role at Ubisoft on Feb. 1.