Fire Opal Media Appoints Marie Poole as CEO

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New executive will lead the Seattle-based game design and development company into its next phase of growth.

Business with a heart, business with a soul, matters to me. That's what attracted me to Fire Opal, and why I'm so excited to join.

Game design and development company Fire Opal Media announced today that Marie Poole has been named the company's Chief Executive Officer.

Poole comes to Fire Opal Media with a background in finance and business consulting for many industries. Prior to joining Fire Opal, she was the Chief Business Officer of Lone Shark Games.

"We're all looking forward to Marie coming in as CEO of Fire Opal Media," said Jay Schneider, who co-founded the company with Rob Heinsoo. "Her game industry expertise, background in accounting and finance, and—most importantly—strength of character, make her uniquely qualified to lead Fire Opal into our next phase of growth."

Fire Opal is best known for its innovative deckbuilder card game SHADOWRUN: CROSSFIRE—published by Catalyst Game Labs—as well as the tabletop roleplaying game 13TH AGE by Rob Heinsoo and Jonathan Tweet, published by Pelgrane Press, and 13TH AGE GLORANTHA from Chaosium. Fire Opal also does extensive work in the digital games space for a variety of publishers, including HERALDS OF CHAOS for Gaia Online.

"I'm thrilled about Marie joining," said Heinsoo. "She's a match for the reasons we started Fire Opal, and a wise head who speaks fun as a native language."

"I love to work with people who work as a team, and who respect each other's' abilities," said Poole. "Business with a heart, business with a soul, matters to me. That's what attracted me to Fire Opal, and why I'm so excited to join."

In her (infrequent) spare time, Marie can be found playing games at her favorite local hobby store, doing volunteer work, or playing Zelda. She is on Twitter at @rollwithmarie.

Fire Opal Media is a game design and development company bringing together some of the very best designers and professionals in the gaming industry for a single purpose: to make great games. The industry ecosystem is home to literally hundreds of game companies. What differentiates Fire Opal is our multistage design and development process that turns your vision into a compelling game solution. This process aligns our core team of well-known, top-tier game designers with skilled software developers and experienced testers that code your game solution to platforms that include Web, Social, Mobile and Xbox Live®.

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