New Hires in Social Gaming: Booyah, CrowdStar, Cie Games, & More

Eleven major developers brought on new team members this week, according to data from LinkedIn and other sources, — an uptick from what we observed last week. Booyah and Ohai in particular announced major hires this week: Jason Willig joins the former team as the new chief operation officer; for the latter, Amy Widdowson joins as their new director of marketing.

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Here’s this week’s full list:


  • Jason Willig, Chief Operating Officer– As noted already, Jason Willig joins social and mobile developer Booyah this week.  Before this, he was COO of Electronic Art’s Hasbro business division.


Cie Games

  • Chad Schroeder, Front End Developer — A new hire shows from Cie Games this week. Schroeder was previously a front end developer at The Designory.

Digital Chocolate

  • Monico Chavez, 2D Artist — Joining Digital Chocolate, Chavez was previously a visual development artist for Unicorn Studios.


  • Michael Ovadya, Advertising Operations — A new face joins GSN this week. Ovadya was most recently a media accountant at Dailey & Associates.


  • Aaron McElroy, Player Experience Global Systems Manager — Now a part of Kabam, McElroy was previously a senior manager at Apple.
  • Humphrey Yang, Player Experience — Also joining Kabam, Yang was formerly a student at Loyola Marymount University.


  • Amy Widdowson, Director of Marketing — As noted prior, Amy Widdowson joins Ohai this week. Prior to this, she was a marketing manager at NileGuide.
  • Tony Li, Senior Product Manager — Joining Ohai as well is Li, a former product manager at Plastic Jungle.
  • Adam Haslip, Flash Developer — Haslip was most recently a game developer for Sony Online Entertainment.
  • Jessica Delfanti, Production Assistant — Delfanti was previously a copywriter at Hooked Media Group.


  • Andrée-Anne Boisvert, Associate Producer — Joining Playdom this week, Boisvert was previously a user experience specialist at Ubisoft.


  • Calum McMinn, Game Developer — Now at Playfish, McMinn was previously a game developer at Tag Games.


  • Kristina Tomalesky, External Product Manager — Joining RockYou this week, Tomalsesky was previously a producer at Cryptic Studios.
  • Michael Hassett, Flash Designer — Hassett was most previously the animation director for Demoscene.


  • Brad McKee, Principal Engineer — Now a part of Zynga, McKee was formerly a senior software engineer at Electronic Arts.
  • Susan Paperini, Manager of Integration Operations — Also joining Zynga, Paperini was the head of IT, North America at Babcock & Brown.

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