Ross Graham Wiki – Ross Graham Biography
Ross Graham, the chairman of Keywords Studios, died at the age of 75, just a few weeks before he was set to step down. Graham was slated to leave the Dublin-based video gaming services company after its annual general meeting on May 26th, having served as chairman since its IPO on the London Stock Exchange a decade ago.
During his leadership, the company grew from three studios with roughly 120 full-time employees to one with more than 70 studios in 26 countries and a market value of more than £1.8 billion. Growth has been fueled by a global surge in video game demand, which has been exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic, as well as hundreds of acquisitions, including the studios Wicked Workshop, Hardsuit Labs, and Forgotten Empires. Graham was also the chairman of technology group Arithmetica and had previously held top positions at semiconductor maker Wolfson Microelectronics before its acquisition by Cirrus Logic.
He began his career as a chartered accountant at Arthur Young, a predecessor firm to Ernst & Young, where he eventually became a partner. Graham then spent nearly a decade as a director at software company Misys, as well as at Psion, which invented the world’s first handheld computer. Following his death, which was characterized by Keywords as sudden and unexpected,’ former Experian CEO Don Robert has been appointed chairman with immediate effect.
Ross Graham Age
Ross Graham was 75 years old.
Bertrand Bodson, CEO of Keywords, stated, ‘Ross has been a tremendous influence on the group, and we were looking forward to being able to recognize and celebrate his contribution in two weeks when he had been set to start his well-deserved retirement.” Over my first 18 months in the post, Ross was a major source of guidance and information for me, and I will miss his wise counsel.‘ We extend our heartfelt sympathies to all of his family and friends on behalf of everyone at Keywords.’
Keywords, founded in 1998 by Giorgio Guastalla and Teresa Luppino, first provided translation services to business software providers. Most of the world’s top video game companies, including Activision Blizzard, Electronic Arts, Epic Games, and Chinese behemoth Tencent, now use the company’s technological services. This might include everything from translating in-game text to generating artwork, proofreading, scoring music, researching players, and even building complete games for producers.
Although it has never developed a game under its name, the company has worked on numerous successful brands, including Guitar Hero, Pro Evolution Soccer, Call of Duty, and Assassin’s Creed. Keywords reported a more than a third increase in turnover and profits last year, owing to increased demand for complicated games and a continued trend toward external service offerings. On Monday afternoon, Keywords Studios shares were up 0.3% to £23.46, although they have fallen by approximately 15 percent so far this year.