New Hires in Social Gaming: Digital Chocolate, Gaia Interactive, iWin, & More

Though not as busy as last week, the social games industry saw decent activity as nine developers brought on new team members, according to data from LinkedIn and other sources.

As always, if your company is hiring new people or making a notable promotion, please let us know. Email editor (at) insidesocialgames (dot) com, and we’ll get it into this or next week’s post. Also, please note that the information about most new hires, below, comes directly from company updates from LinkedIn, and is only as current as each person’s profile.

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Here’s this week’s full list:

Digital Chocolate

Gaia Interactive


  • Fadila Kochkar, Senior UI Designer — iWin fills us in on the hiring of Kochkar, a former freelance artists.
  • Jessica Rapue, Customer Supoort Representative — Also joining iWin is Rapue, a former part of member services at Zipcar.
  • Jerry Mahoney, Freelance Writer — Mahoney was previously a student at the University of Southern California.


  • Allen Williams, Senior Concept Artist — Kabam makes a single hire this week with Williams who was previously a concept artist for Guillermo Del Toro.


  • Andrew Breese, Assistant Producer-Marketing — Starting off a long list of new hires for KlickNation is Breese. He was formerly a behavior therapist and respite care provider.
  • Dan Zerzan, Software Engineer — Also joining KlickNation is Zerzan. Zerzan was most recently a development software engineer for Vertical Communications.
  • Jamie Greeson, Director of HR —  Jamie Greeson joins KlickNation as its new director of human resources. She was previously the interim HR manager at Rezolve Group.
  • Ryan Thomas, Community Manager — Thomas was formerly a senior quality engineer for Digital Video Group.
  • Jason Wigle, Assistant Game Designer — In an internal shift, Wigle moves from his prior role as a community manager.
  • Ranelle Moore, 2D Art Apprentice — Moore graduated to this position from an internship at KlickNation.
  • Meagan Sevier, Manager – Revenue & Content — Sevier was previously a marketing assistant for BlackDog Education.
  • James Walker, Assistant Content Specialist — Previously, Walker was a former processor at MedeAnalytics.
  • David Andrew Ottman, Assistant Content Specialist — Ottman also graduates to his role from a QA internship at KlickNation.


  • Matthew John, Software Engineer — Playdom makes a single hire this week, bringing on John. He was most recently an intern for the advanced technology group at NetApp.


  • Alice Yang, Client-Side Developer Intern — Joining Playfish this week, Yang was previously a student at the University of Pennsylvania.
  • Staffan Måhlen, Developer — Also joining Playfish, Måhlen was formerly a developer and team leader at Jadestone Group.



  • Howard Wooten, QA Engineer Intern — Wooten was previously a student at Year Up.
  • Mayumi Yoshida, Mobile QA Lead — Yoshida comes to Zynga following a stint as lead mobile QA engineer for Hitachi Solutions.
  • Jonathan April, Game Designer Intern — April was previously a QA tester for n-Space.
  • Bryan Waters, Senior Software Engineer — Waters was most recently a lead software engineer for GoTV Networks.
  • Sabah Azam, Customer Service Lead — Azam was a student at the University of California.
  • Daniel Feldstein, Senior Employment Counsel — Feldstein comes to Zynga after serving as senior corporate counsel at Synopsys.
  • Verity Davis, QA Analyst — Davis was previously a QA analyst at Namco Bandai Games America.
  • Bob Scarduzio, Associate Producer — Scarduzio was a financial services representative at First Investors Corporation.
  • Luke Lanford, Product Manager — Lanford was previously a senior associate at Innosight.
  • Mark Turmell, Senior Creative Director — Turmell was formerly a senior creative director at Electronic Arts.
  • Cynthia Saw, Public Relations Coordinator — Saw was most recently an account executive at The OutCast Agency.