After more than 14 years of service, Bungie head of HR Gayle d’Hondt has announced she is stepping down from her role at the company. The news comes less than one week after IGN published an extensive report detailing the Destiny 2 developer’s work culture–including its long history of discrimination, unethical labor practices, and the HR department’s systemic protection of abusers. d’Hondt said that while she is “proud” of the work she did, she is looking forward to seeing the company “move forward” with membership “largely comprised of people new to Bungie.”
“I believe I made recommendations that were in the best interest of our people and in service of the company we wish to become,” d’Hondt said. “I also believe we made some mistakes, and that to become the better version of ourselves – the company I know we can be – we have to acknowledge and confront them, in good faith, and grow together.”
d’Hondt shared the news in an email circulated to employees earlier today (via IGN), writing she is officially stepping down from her role as senior employee relations manager but “will work with Holly [Barbacovi, chief people officer] and the leadership team at Bungie to determine what the appropriate next steps are.” Whether or not this means d’Hondt will remain on staff in a different position following her HR departure is still unclear.