By Patrick Anderson
PBN Staff Writer
(Updated, 11:42 a.m., May 17)
PROVIDENCE – 38 Studios LLC CEO Jennifer MacLean has taken maternity leave from the video game design firm, R.I. Economic Development Corporation officials said on Thursday.
Earlier, 38 Studios Chief Operating Officer Bill Thomas said in a brief phone conversation that he did not know when MacLean would return and declined to discuss the reasons behind her time away from the company other than that it was her choice.
“I’m not sure when she will be back,” Thomas said. “It’s her decision, and I cannot discuss it.”
38 Studios has been under scrutiny since it was revealed the company failed to make a $1.125 million fee payment to the R.I. Economic Development Corporation as part of its deal to secure a $75 million state loan guarantee.
The company, founded by former Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling, asked the state for additional help to meet its financial obligations, but on Wednesday the EDC took no action to address 38 Studios’ predicament, Gov. Lincoln D. Chafee said.
MacLean was hired to run 38 Studios after serving at Comcast as vice president and general manager responsible for games. She has also worked at AOL and Microprose Software.
EDC officials confirmed that MacLean was not present at the lengthy meetings with the company Wednesday morning.
MacLean’s Twitter account still describes her as the CEO of 38 Studios and her tweets, the latest coming May 13, make no mention of her leave of absence.
The Providence Journal had reported Wednesday evening that MacLean was on maternity leave.