Chris Ko is widely held to be one of the best strategists in the gaming space and we are incredibly fortunate to have him join us at Kabam as VP of Product Strategy
Redwood City, CA (PRWEB) March 23, 2011
Kabam™, a leading developer of massively multiplayer social games (MMSGs) including Kingdoms of Camelot®, which was voted IGN Reader’s Choice Facebook Game of 2010, Dragons of Atlantis™ and Glory of Rome™, today announced it hired three new vice presidents to reinforce the management team overseeing the company’s aggressive product expansion. Chris Ko has joined the company as VP of Product Strategy, while Stephen Pelletier will serve as VP of Engineering, Kabam San Francisco and Olivia Dillan, becomes VP of Engineering, Kabam Studio. Kabam, which has grown rapidly while adding new studios in the US and abroad, continues to hire top-tier talent to drive further growth while building on its successful game franchises.
Prior to joining Kabam, Chris Ko, VP of Product Strategy, spent six years at Electronic Arts where he focused on Strategic Planning and Consumer Research for the Games Label, including leading marketing, business development, and product strategy for EA’s Play4Free business. Also at EA, he held roles in Corporate Finance, Investor Relations, and Category Management. Prior to that, Chris spent nine years on Wall Street, primarily with JPMorgan as an equity research analyst covering both the Internet and communications equipment industries. Chris holds a B.S. from the University of Southern California with an emphasis on Finance and Portfolio Management.
“Chris Ko is widely held to be one of the best strategists in the gaming space and we are incredibly fortunate to have him join us at Kabam as VP of Product Strategy,” said Kabam Chief Product Officer Andrew Sheppard. “His experience in both gaming and equity research will be highly valuable as he focuses on our product portfolio strategy.”
Olivia Dillan, VP Studio Engineering, has a twenty-eight year track record of delivering innovative, award-winning software products and services, cost effectively and on time, in both start-ups and large corporations. Prior to joining Kabam, Olivia was VP of Engineering and Services at AtHoc, a leader in providing enterprise-class, network-centric emergency notification systems. Previously, she served as Group VP of Technology and Services of PGP Corporation, where she was responsible for delivering PGP’s award-winning products and supporting its growing Enterprise customer base. Olivia has also held senior executive positions at ServGate, the NetDynamics business unit of Sun Microsystems, Oracle, and ASK/Ingres (now Computer Associates). Olivia graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Computer Science from Hunter College.
With over twenty-five years in executive management roles in technology companies, Stephen Pelletier, VP Engineering, Kabam San Francisco, has experience leading both startups and Fortune 500 companies in consumer software and financial services. Most recently, he was Chairman and CEO of the online investment community Silent Capital Corporation. Previously, Steve served in a variety of executive roles at Sun Microsystems including Senior VP: Global Engineering, where he led all software engineering outside the U.S., and VP Engineering responsible for Identity Management, Communications, Portal, StarOffice, SunRay, and Linux Desktop technologies. Pelletier was Founder/CEO of Offroad Capitol and spent six years at Intuit where he served as VP Product Development and then VP/General Manager. Steve received his BA from Harvard.
“With the addition of Olivia Dillan and Stephen Pelletier, Kabam gains nearly fifty years of engineering and management expertise that will help us chart our technological growth,” said Tim Villanueva, CTO of Kabam. “Olivia will lead engineering at Kabam Studio while Stephen oversees engineering at Kabam San Francisco, giving both studios stable, battle-tested technology leadership in an environment of rapid growth.”
Kabam is leading the next wave in social gaming by developing and publishing massively multiplayer social games (MMSGs). The company’s studios focus on combining the best elements of traditional and social gaming to appeal to a growing audience of gamers looking for deeper, more engaging social games. The first wave of Kabam’s new games for Facebook and leading media sites, including IGN Reader’s Choice Facebook Game of 2010 Kingdoms of Camelot, have been widely recognized for their depth of play and social interaction. Founded in 2006, Kabam has offices in San Francisco and Redwood City, Calif., and Beijing, China. More information about Kabam can be found at http://www.kabam.com.
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Anne Marie Stein
ONE PR Studio (for Kabam)
annemarie (at) oneprstudio (dot) com