New Hires in Social Gaming: Kabam, PopCap, RockYou, & More

In times past, social hiring, as a whole has often fluctuated on a predictable wave of crests and troughs. Now is certainly the latter. Unlike the higher activity of last week, updates from company profiles on LinkedIn have shown a dramatic drop in activity. Only five developers have shown any sort of new hiring or internal promotions. Moreover, aside from Zynga, the hires were only of single individuals.

In regards to Zynga, the company also has one bigger higher and promotion of note. The company has brought on Beth Adair as their new vice president of taxes. Prior to this, she was the CFO of CooperVision at The Cooper Companies. In addition to this, and as we noted earlier this week, Jeffrey Katzenberg has also joined the company’s board of directors. Beyond Zynga, RockYou has made one executive move of its own, havingpromoted Lisa Marino to its new CEO.

As always, if your company is hiring new people or making a notable promotion, please let us know. Email editor (at) insidesocialgames (dot) com, and we’ll get it into this or next week’s post. Also, please note that information about most new hires, below, comes directly from company updates from LinkedIn.

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Here’s this week’s full list:


  • William Coyner, 2D Artist — A single internal change for Kabamthis week as Coyner is promoted from 2D art intern.

PopCap Games

  • Colin Bricken, Lead Flash Engineer — A new member at PopCap Games, Bricken was previously director – Online Games Studio at RealNetworks.


  • Lisa Marino, CEO — In a major internal change at RockYou!, Lisa Marino is promoted from her role as chief operating officer.


  • Hayley Cochrane, Account Director EMEA — Joining SocialVibe, Cochrane was previously a sales executive at Publicitas.


  • Siqi Chen, General Manager — In an internal change at Zynga, Chen was recently promoted from director of product.
  • Jeffrey Katzenberg, Board of Directors — Jeffrey Katzenberg is best known as the CEO and co-founder of DreamWorks.
  • Saurabh Odhyna, Software Engineer — Now a part of Zynga, Odhyna was a software developer at Yahoo!.
  • Vickie Chiang, Technical Artist — Joining Zynga, Chiang was previously a production designer at Tiny Prints.
  • Beth Adair, VP Taxes — As noted prior, Beth Adair joins Zynga this week. She was most recently the CFO of CooperVision at The Cooper Companies.
  • Wydad Mafhoum, Localization QA Lead — Mafhoum was previously an AdWords representative and translator at Google.
  • Ozerk Alpay, System Administrator — Alpay was most recently a Linux system administrator at Sony – Information Systems Europe.
  • Gabriel Magaña Gonzalez, Senior Software Engineer — Now at Zynga, Gonzalez was previously the director of software development at Continental Currency Services, Inc.
  • Ryan Dormanesh, Quality Analyst — Before Zynga, Dormanesh was a designer at Rockstar Games.