New Hires in Social Gaming: Kabam, Zynga and More

It wasn’t an exceptionally busy week of hires in social gaming, according to data from LinkedIn and from our readers. We’ve found out about a few interesting ones, though, including a new stealth studio from a social gaming vet, a new Chief Marketing Officer at Kabam, a string of mobile-focused moves at Zynga, and a new job for a Disney executive. Here’s more.

As always, please email us with any new hires: editor (at) insidesocialgames (dot) com. And be sure to check our Inside Network Job Board for current openings.

Bossa Studios

  • Henrique Olifiers — After more than a year as a studio director at Playfish, Olifiers left the company this past month to co-found a stealthy new social gaming startup called Bossa Studios.


  • Manvinder Saraon — Joining Kabam from Intuit, where he led the Web and Direct Channel Marketing Group, Saraon will be the company’s new Chief Marketing Officer. He was previously the CMO at Homestead before it was acquired by Intuit.
  • Tim McCloud — McCloud joins Kabam as the Marketing Partnership Manager. Prior to this, he was a Senior Campaign Manager at Cadreon/Interpublic Group.


  • Aaron Joseph — Having worked as a user acquisition associate and then campaign manager at Playdom, Joseph has been promoted to User Acquisition, Senior Analyst.

Electronic Arts/Playfish

  • Stephen Courtney — A veteran game developer who has most recently focused on mobile, Courtney joins Playfish as a Game Developer on Restaurant City.


  • Hemant Berman — Leaving a systems engineering job at Yahoo, Berman now has the same job title at Zynga.
  • Gerald Broas — With more than a year’s worth of experience creating art for PetVille, Broas has switched to focus on create art for Zynga’s growing line of mobile games.
  • Chris Dodge — Another mobile hire, Dodge has left an engineering job at SRRN Games to become a Zynga Mobile Engineer.
  • Darren Huang — Departing Google’s China group, Huang has joined Zynga’s China operation as Financial Controller.
  • Chang Liu — Having spent the last nine months at RockYou, Liu has moved on to become a Software Engineer on the FrontierVille team.
  • William Marsden — Following stints at gaming companies large and small, Marsden has become a Software Engineer at Zynga.
  • Steve Parkis — Disney may have bought rival Playdom, but Zynga has hired former Disney Online senior vice president Parkis to be a new Vice President of Studios.
  • Glenn Wichman — After three and a half years at online group software startup Grouply, Wichman has become a Principal Engineer at Zynga.

If you missed last week’s post you can find it here.