Jobs weekly: new hires at Netflix, PlayStation, Rovio, Google, King, Sybo and more


Every week, brings you the latest on who’s moving where. So let’s get into it:

Chrissy Kelleher is the new games communications manager at Netflix. She moves over from her role as director at Fortyseven Communications, a comms agency with big-name clients including Supercell, Tilting Point, Tripledot, Com2us, Rec Room and more.

Following on from Sophie Vo’s appointment at PlayStation-owned studio Savage, former Riot Games narrative lead Kim MacAskill will be joining the Savage team at narrative director. MacAskill has also previously worked in narrative at NaturalMotion and Ubisoft.

Rovio has hired Tania Erazo in its performance marketing and user acquisition team, who moves from Nitro Games, where she was also working in UA. Eeva Aaltonen has also stepped up to become Rovio’s new head of brand operations.

At Google, former Vungle and Apple staffer Ting-Yi Wang is now senior gaming growth manager.

Ari Vaniderstine is now senior product manager at King, working on Fiction Factory, the game engine that runs Candy Crush and others. Vaniderstine has previously worked at Spotify, Embark and Kry. Luke Mead has also joined the Candy Crush maker as system engineer.

Netflix’s Chrissy Kelleher, Savage’s Kim MacAskill, Rovio’s Tania Erazo and Eeva Aaltonen, King’s Ari Vaniderstine.

Sybo added three newbies this week, Marie Lene Uardal as junior UX designer, Jessica Hughes as talent acquisition partner and Yen Nguyen as ad ops specialist. Ishan Manjrekar also stepped into the role of principal designer at the Subway Surfers maker.

There’s plenty going on in Finland, as ever: Stellar Core hired Salla Hakko as senior game artist, who moves over from the same role at Seriously, and Dodreams has a new live ops lead, Antti Salomaa, a former VP and ops manager at Kopla, MD at Helsinki Games Capital and ops lead at Boom Corp.

Here in the UK, Lava Labs added Teodora Velikova to its QA team, who moves over from a similar role at Lockwood Publishing, Joe Coggins has moved from Kwalee to a role as senior generalist artist at Oxalis Games and Robin Sibbick is now senior UI artist at Hutch, moving over from Amuzo, where he was lead creative.

Transcend Fund hired a new senior associate in its investment team, Naheda Noori, who was until recently lead business development manager at Miniclip.

Sybo’s Ishan Manjrekar, Stellar Core’s Salla Hakko, Dodreams’ Antti Salomaa, Lava Labs’ Teodora Velikova, Transcend Fund’s Naheda Noori.

Ivan Ravovoy has started a new role at Appsflyer as EMEA gaming and subscriptions expert, and UA firm AdLiven appointed a new creative director, Ana Maria Rizopol, formerly of Voodoo, Social Point, and Gameloft.

Last but not least: Dana Lapinsky has moved from Huuuge Games to become senior product owner at Papaya Gaming, Tactile Games hired Lennart Dross as its new client programmer, Karina Karnaukh stepped up to biz dev director for North America at Room 8 Group and Kyle Lingol is now associate manager for game testing at Big Fish Games.

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