New Hires in Social Gaming: Funzio, RockYou and Zynga

Hiring remained steady this week in the social gaming space. According to data from LinkedIn and other sources, eight companies hired 11 new employees.

Zynga brought on four new team members, including Jonathan Knight, RockYou’s former senior vice president of games. Knight is now studio general manager at Zynga. PopCap also had a high profile move, taking former Real Network/GameHouse senior marketing manager Van Riker on as franchise manager, but this week’s biggest move was Jason Willig’s promotion from COO to CEO at Booyah.

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  • Jason Willig, CEO – In an extremely high profile shift, Jason Willig is now head of the company, moving up from his position as COO. Keith Lee, Booyah’s co-founder and former CEO will stay on as a strategic advisor.


  • Joey Gentry, iOS Software Engineer – Funzio makes our roundup with one new hire this week. Gentry comes to the company from OpenFeint, where he was a game integration engineer.

Gaia Interactive

  • Kristi Goodwin, Account Executive – Gaia Interactive also adds one new face. Goodwin was previously a Sr. account director at MySpace.


  • Paolo Milana, In-game Translation and QA – Milana makes a lateral move within IGG, where he was formerly an Italian translator.

  • Jane Billet, Community Manager – Billet moves up within, where she was formerly a promotion manager.


  • Van Riker, Franchise Manager – Once again PopCap makes our list by adding a single new face. A high profile hire, Riker was previously the senior marketing manager at Real Networks/GameHouse.


  • Michiel Kramer, Senior Graphic Designer – RockYou brings on Kramer, who was previously a senior graphic designer at THQ.


  • Jonathan Knight, Studio General Manager – Zynga brings on four new faces this week. The highest profile hire is Knight, who comes from RockYou where he was the senior vice president of games.
  • Camila de Azevedo Lima Mattos, Super Moderator – Next up is Mattos, who was previously a perl programmer at Online Internet Services.
  • Brad Francetic, Site Reliability Engineer – Also joining is Francetic who moves from The Martz Agency where he was a systems administrator.
  • Amin Razi, Senior QA – Razi comes from KAOS Creative Studios, where he was the quality assurance manager.