New Hires in Mobile: GREE, Funzio and Pocket Gems

Hiring in the mobile apps sector was down again in the quiet week before the end of the year, with just 5 new hires and promotions between five companies. Based on information from LinkedIn and other sources, Funzio, Natural Motion, GameLoft , Pocket Gems and GREE all hired or promoted one person, and GREE made the highest profile hire, bringing on Jin Akiyama from Merrill Lynch to lead its investment team. 

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  • Nicolas Klein, Android Software Engineer – Funzio begins our roundup with a single hire. Klein was previously at Niji, where he was an android/iPhone software engineer.


  • FX. Leonis Parulian Purba, QA Lead – Gameloft makes a single promotion this week. Purba was title was previously a QA tester-senior at the company.


  • Jin Akiyama, Manager, Investment Team – GREE also reports a single hire this week. Akiyama was formerly the director of the investment banking division at Merrill Lynch.

Natural Motion

  • Will Griffiths, Producer – Natural Motion promotes Griffiths from associate producer to producer.

Pocket Gems

  • Satbir Singh, Software QA Engineer – Pocket Gems brings on Singh from Apple, where he was a software quality assurance engineer.