New Hires in Social Gaming: Digital Chocolate, Kabam, Happy Elements, & More

The social game’s space continues on a steady hiring trend this week with nine major developers bringing on new individuals, according to data from LinkedIn. However, while the overall hires have remained fairly high, the number of major executive hires, as compared to last week has dropped. The first update of note comes in the form of Dennis Duan, who joins Happy Elements as an engineering vice president.

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Here’s this week’s full list:

Digital Chocolate

  • John Hollingworth, Games Designer — A single internal change at Digital Chocolate: Hollingworth was previously a junior games designer.


  • Sonny Saldua, Facilities Coordinator/Project Manager — Now a part of Kabam, Saldua was previously an operation director at Lavish Lounge.
  • Jacqueline Gonzalez, Player Experience Associate — Also joining Kabam, Gonzalez was most recently a mobile community manager for FunMobility.

Happy Elements

  • Dennis Duan, Engineering VP — A single big hire for Happy Elements comes with Dennis Duan. He was previously a senior test manager at OpenTV.


    • Dr. Cat, Director of Game Design — A new face at LOLapps appears. “Dr. Cat” was most recently the owner of Dragon’s Eye Productions and a director of game development at More details here.

    Loot Drop

    • Christian MacTernan, Lead Artist — MacTernan joins Loot Drop as a lead artist on John Romero’s new title. Prior to joining Loot Drop, MacTernan worked as an independent freelance artist. MacTernan was previously employed by LOLapps as Lead Artist on Romero’s Ravenwood Fair.


    • Ben Levinson, Graphic Designer — Now a part of Mindjolt, Levinson was previously a staff tutor at Unlimited Learning.


    • Shiaw-Ling Lai, Associate Producer — Now at RockYou, Lai was previously an office manager at Lambodar Inc.
    • Anna Stutfield, HR/Office Manager — Also joining RockYou, Stutfield was most recently a digital agent at Aquent.


    • David Phalaris, Customer Agent — Joining Zynga, Phalaris was previously a fraud agent at eBay.
    • Samer Ead, Game Designer — Now at Zynga, Ead was most recently a game systems design intern at Bioware.
    • Jeff Fulton, Senior Game Engineer — Also at Zynga, Fulton was a manager of website applications at Mattel.
    • Ruma Nair, Software Developer — Nair was most recently an intern at Akiban Technologies.
    • Anand Ramachandran, Game Designer — Ramachandran was most recently the creative director of interactive media and gaming at A Bellyful of Dreams Entertainment.
    • Rick Cohen, Desktop Support Technician — At Zynga now, Cohen was previously a “Mac Exorcist” at MacCentric Solutions.
    • Maria Perdana, Linguist — Perdana was previously a novel translator at Mizan Publishing.
    • Angie Hu, Concept Artist — Hu was previously an Art Intern at Neopets.