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Meet Todd, our new Head of Studio

While 2017 is drawing to a close, we’ve big news about a major hire, with Todd English joining flare as a Head of Studio.

In this newly created role, Todd will be overseeing the awesome teams at Keen Flare and Kopla Games, with both studios set to release their next titles in 2018. Todd will also join the flaregames senior management team while driving the company’s future product strategy alongside fellow Head of Studio Justin Stolzenberg.

As a former Senior Software Developer at Microsoft, Studio Director at both PopCap Games and GameDuell and most recently CEO and co-founder of Berlin-based developer Studio49, Todd brings a raft of experience to flaregames and we’re delighted to welcome him aboard!

Todd English - Head of Studio

Todd English

“It’s a privilege to join a publisher who places such a major emphasis on innovation and giving developers the space to execute on their creative vision,” said Todd. “The mindset at flare is open and friendly, yet every team member is incredibly passionate and has a huge drive for success. I’m excited to lead the future direction of the flare portfolio and work closely with the world-class, awesome teams at both Keen Flare and Kopla Games.”

“Todd’s experience in mobile gaming speaks for itself, having launched major game IPs, led high-performing teams of over 100 people and founded a studio alongside some of the industry’s top talent,” said Klaas Kersting, flaregames CEO and founder. “We’re delighted to have made another key hire and continue our upwards trajectory. On a company-wide level, we’ve welcomed over 70 new staff members to the flare family since the beginning of 2016 alone.”

Aside from today’s announcement, flaregames has numerous positions open for awesomely talented team players. For more info and to apply, check out our Open Positions or watch our Life at flaregames video to see what working at flare HQ is all about!

Greetings to our new Head of Brand Management!

Delighted to say we’ve successfully increased the headcount of Finnish people in Karlsruhe by +1, with Marja Konttinen becoming our new Head of Brand Management!

As a former Marketing Director at Rovio, Marja spearheaded major game launches such as Angry Birds Space, while closing brand partnerships with the likes of NASA, Samsung and 20th Century Fox. Most recently, Marja co-founded VAU, a visual automation start-up in Tampere, Finland and took on the CMO role at educational gaming start-up Lightneer.

Marja Konttinen

Marja Konttinen

“flaregames has built such a diverse portfolio in a short amount of time, and that’s testament to both the in-house collective skillset and the world-class developers behind the games,” said Marja. “I was initially drawn to the marketing team’s philosophy of backing up creative decisions by research and numbers, and I’m excited to further build on this mindset. It’s an exciting moment for the company right now and I can’t wait to kick off the many brand expansion exercises we have in the works!”

“Marja’s experience in working on billion-dollar mobile IPs and growing them beyond gaming is invaluable to flaregames right now,” said Mickael Bougis, flaregames Marketing Director. “Not only has she the experience and skillset to bring our intellectual properties to the next level, Marja is also a visionary in promoting diversity in our industry and making new talents emerge.”

Welcome to the team, Marja!

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