Ex-Electronic Arts Executive Gerhard Florin Joins Kobojo as Chairman of the Newly Established Kobojo BoardBy Kobojo, PRNE
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
PARIS, May 26, 2011 -
- Mr. Florin will Spearhead International Growth of Kobojo, After the
7.7 Million $ (5.3 million EUR) Round A Fund Raising
Kobojo, French leader in publishing and distributing games for
the Facebook platform and mobile phones, has announced the appointment of
Gerhard Florin as Chairman of its newly established board of directors. Dr
Florin has been Executive Vice President at Electronic Arts (EA), responsible
for EA's worldwide publishing business. He will bring to Kobojo his 15 years
of gaming knowledge to make the company grow internationally and become the
European leader of social gaming.
"I am really happy to join the board of Kobojo as the company
reminds me strongly of EA Europe in its very early days. We are going to
define a strong "go direct strategy" for Kobojo and executed it by opening
one country office after another, starting with Spain, and competing with
localized games", explains Gerhard Florin. "Kobojo has the same potential to
be as successful in Europe as Electronic Arts has been. We want to make
Kobojo the European leader in social gaming."
Gerhard Florin held the position as Executive Vice President
of Publishing for Electronic Arts from 2006 until the end of 2010. In this
position, Mr. Florin led and supervised all of EA's worldwide marketing,
sales and distribution activities; he was Director of the company and also
part of EA's management board.
From 1996 to 2006, Mr. Florin held different positions within
EA, covering responsibilities ranging from Germany, Europe, International and
Asia. Prior to joining Electronic Arts, he held various positions at BMG, the
global music division of Bertelsmann AG, and served as a Consultant of
Dr. Florin holds Master's and Ph.D. degrees in Economics from
the University of Augsburg, Germany.
Vincent Vergonjeanne, co-founder and VP Products & Strategy at
Kobojo comments: "We are honoured to welcome Gerhard to this important new
global role after our first fund raising last month. Dr Florin is one of the
most successful professionals in the gaming industry. He will be a strategic
adviser who will help Kobojo continue its great success story. I look forward
to working with Gerhard Florin to shape Kobojo's strategy as we are going
international and to make Kobojo the number one in Europe".
For more information: wwwen.kobojo.com/
Aline Dubucq, +33142229765, email@example.com
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