With their eyes on the prize, the top tier social gaming companies are competing for the best talent in order to secure their vision for growth. We’ve come across a variety of news in the social gaming industry disclosing the shift vice presidents from large gaming companies have made to up and coming organizations like Playdom. The latest news comes to us from San Francisco based Crowdstar who announced the addition of four new veterans to their management team. Read more after the jump.
The first appointed executive is Pete Hawley who will take on the role of VP of Product Development; Mark Hull as VP of Product Marketing & Community; Mike Ouye as Vice President of Monetization & Merchandising; and Robert Einspruch as Director of Business Development. CrowdStar CEO Niren Hiro is excited for the new additions in light of CrowdStar’s global expansion which has over 50 million monthly users spread across its popular titles like Happy Aquarium, Zoo Paradise, Happy Island and Happy Pets.
“Mike, Pete, Mark, and Robert share the singular vision of CrowdStar as an agile, creative company gunning to be number one,” said Hiro. “Their global and entrepreneurial perspective is a perfect match for CrowdStar as we continue to scale with great games that delight our users.”
Mark Hull brings 14 years of experience from his past experience at Yahoo, iWin and Vivaty building mass-appeal community and gaming businesses. Einspruch, who has 15 years of finance, product management and business development experience at Apple, Wallstreet and Amazon, should be a valuable addition in securing new partnerships for the social gaming giant. Ouye is unique in the sense he comes from social gaming competitor Playdom and will be focusing on revenue-generating programs.
“These executive appointments signify an exciting time for CrowdStar as we continue to deliver to our customers new levels of entertainment and engagement,” said CrowdStar Co-Founders Suren Markosian and Jeffrey Tseng. “They are a welcome addition to our team and will play a crucial role in how CrowdStar will define this industry.”