Rob Carroll joins 5th Planet Games as Chief Mobile Officer

Social and mobile game developer 5th Planet Games today announced that the company’s hired Rob Carroll as its Chief Mobile Officer.

Carroll is an established video game industry veteran, coming to 5th Planet most recently from Tapjoy, where he was Director of Publishing. During his time at Tapjoy, Carroll was in charge of the company’s developer funds and oversaw publishing activity. While he was there, Carroll also helped launch over 120 mobile games on iOS and Android. Before Tapjoy, Carroll worked at Zynga and Hive7 as a game designer and producer, as well as a console game producer at LucasArts. Mafia Wars, Vampire Wars and Star Wars: The Force Unleashed are just a few of the titles he’s worked on.

Adding Carroll to the team continues the plan 5th Planet told us about at GDC Online. The developer has multiple new games in the works (including mobile versions of Dawn of the Dragons and Legacy of a Thousand Suns), is working on a “trans-media experience” for its superhero RPG Legacy of Heroes and is expanding its presence in Europe.

Carroll tells us his first task is expanding 5th Planet’s mobile team and finishing development on the mobile version of Dawn of the Dragons, which he says he plans to launch early next year. After that, he says he is planning to bring the company’s collectable card games to mobile platforms. “I really enjoyed my time with Tapjoy but I’m ready to get my hands dirty again in game development,” he says.