New hires in social games: Zynga and Rumble Entertainment

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Hiring in the mobile apps sector was down this week with six new hires overall between two companies. Zynga reported the most activity with a round of promotions we reported on earlier this week. The highest profile hires of the week were Brain Schenider and Steve Desilets, both former Zynga employees who joined Rumble Entertainment.

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Rumble Entertainment

  • Brian Schneider, Director of Really Important Things — Schneider is a former director of design for Zynga, where he led game design on several titles, including CityVille and Treasure Isle.
  • Steve Desilets, Creative Director — Desilets was formerly a design director at Zynga.


  • David Ko, Chief Operations Officer — Ko used to be the Chief Mobile Officer of the company.
  • Steve Chiang, President of Games — Chiang was the company’s Executive Vice President of Games but was working with Ko to help manage things after Schappert. Chiang’s duties will now include overseeing all new IP on both web and mobile platforms.
  • Barry Cottle, Chief Revenue Officer — Cottle joined the company in January from EA and was on the company’s business development team before this.
  • Mark Vranesh, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Accounting Officer — Vranesh has been with Zynga for quite some time, even serving as CFO from 2008 to 2010.

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