Lisa Marino Appointed CEO of RockYou
Social gaming company RockYou announces that Lisa Marino has been named CEO by its board of directors. Previously COO, Marino was elected to head the company following her leadership of RockYou through a successful restructuring to focus on gaming. Under her management, the company will continue its commitment to developing best-in-breed social games and delivering innovative advertising solutions.
Lisa Marino joined RockYou in 2008, and became Chief Revenue Officer in 2009 where she grew the company's media business to become one of the largest social media advertising networks. In 2010 she was appointed COO and led RockYou's re-organization and transformation to a leading social gaming company. In December 2010, RockYou announced the acquisition of TirNua for its next-generation 3D game development engine and team. In January 2011, the company announced the acquisition of UK-based social game developer Playdemic, developer of the rapidly-growing Gourmet Ranch, and in February 2011, announced a deal to publish the first title from legendary game designer John Romero's new studio, Loot Drop. Under her leadership, RockYou filled out its executive team with games industry veterans including SVP of Games, Jonathan Knight and SVP of Technology Greg Kearney as well as General Counsel Allyson Willoughby, Marketing SVP Katrina Osio, and SVP/GM of Media, Julie Shumaker. According to AppData, in March, RockYou was ranked fourth among social gaming companies on Facebook with nearly 20 million monthly active users, solidifying its place as a leading social gaming company.
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