The expansion franchises based in Washington, D.C. and Toronto have announced the general manager for their Overwatch teams. Kate Mitchell will become the general manager of the D.C. Overwatch League team while Jaesun Won will be the general manager of Toronto's Overwatch League franchise.
Mitchell has worked as the manager of Kungarna and most recently Last Night's Leftovers, making it to the playoffs with LNL and knocking GG Esports Academy, the academy team of the Houston Outlaws, into Contenders Trials.
She was officially announced as the Assistant General Manager of Washington Esports Ventures, but clarified that she is the primary person in charge of managing the team's Overwatch League franchise.
“Washington is a truly international city. This team is committed to representing one of America’s most diverse and welcoming metro areas," Mitchell told over.gg. "We want to hit the ground running and I’m excited to share our staff hires and first signings when they’re ready to be revealed.”
Won becomes the general manager of the Toronto franchise after managing Splyce's previous venture into Overwatch. He was picked up by Splyce alongside Fine, I'll Go McCree in 2016, and remained general manager of the organization's Overwatch operations for its entire stay within the scene until it left in mid-2017.
After the team dropped its Overwatch roster, he was offered a position to stay with Splyce. He launched the team's Fighting Games Division and would eventually move his way up to become North American Player and Partnerships Manager.
"We’re committed to building a world class championship team in Toronto," he told over.gg. "Whatever it takes."
“Chris [Overholt] has been great in providing me the resources necessary to build the best team possible,” he added. Overholt was hired as the franchise's CEO after previously working as the CEO of the Canadian Olympic Committee.
The new general managers won't have long to settle into their roles. Exclusive free agency for expansion teams begins September 9.