King taps tech industry veteran Robert Cohn as a new member of its board of directors

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By Scott Reyburn Comment

New King logoGame company King today announced that it’s adding tech industry veteran and former co-founder and CEO of voice mail supplier Octel Communications Robert Cohn to its board of directors.

“We are excited to have Bob join our board given his broad experience with public and private companies across the globe and the exceptional work he has done with his current and past portfolio of businesses,” said Riccardo Zacconi, co-founder and CEO of King, in a statement.

After founding Octel Communications with Peter Olson, Cohn ran Octel as the chairperson and CEO until it was acquired by Lucent Technologies, where he then took on the role as executive vice president. He also held a position at Sequoia Capital as an investment partner as well as served on or chaired public and private boards from startups to Fortune 500 companies. Lastly, Cohn was a governor of Nasdaq for three years.

“King has seen tremendous growth over the past couple years and has become one of the most prominent companies to impact the games industry today,” said Cohn, in a statement. “I’m impressed with the team, the company’s culture, the stellar business model and the exciting challenges ahead. I look forward to serving on King’s board.”

King, which now sees 12 billion gameplay sessions a month worldwide, was last in the news when it rebranded the company from King.com to King as well as announced two new saga games for Facebook, which were Japanese Pachinko-like title Papa Pear Saga (read our review here) and match-3 puzzler Farm Heroes Saga. King’s match-3 puzzle game Candy Crush Saga was also recently named as the most downloaded free app in March for iOS globally by Distimo.

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