GameStop appointed 16-year company veteran Michael Mauler as its new CEO on February 6, effective immediately. Mauler will also join GameStop’s board of directors. Mauler previously served as EVP and President of the company’s international division, which consists of nearly 2,000 retail stores operating under the GameStop, EB Games, Micromania and Zing Pop Culture brands. Mauler had led the international division’s business and diversification initiatives since January 2010 and he launched the company’s global collectibles business in 2014.
Mauler will replace former CEO J. Paul Raines, who resigned earlier this week to “focus on his health and family.” Daniel DeMatteo, GameStop’s Executive Chairman, had been acting as interim CEO since November 2017, when Raines announced that he was seeking treatment for a medical condition.
Prior to heading GameStop’s international business, Mauler served as the company’s SVP of Supply Chain and International Support. Prior to joining GameStop, Mauler held various senior management positions at Baxter Healthcare, Dade Behring and Fisher Scientific.
DeMatteo said, “Mike has been part of the GameStop senior leadership team for many years…he has played an integral role in creating and driving the blueprint of our diversification strategy, successfully managing our international operations, and growing our core business segments. We are fortunate to have such an accomplished leader, who has a thorough understanding of our operations, business strategy and our stakeholders, and is committed to strengthening our results and driving our company forward.”
Headquartered in Grapevine, Texas, GameStop is a global, multichannel video game, consumer electronics and wireless services retailer that operates more than 7,400 stores across 14 countries.