About Glu Mobile
Glu Mobile (NASDAQ:GLUU) is a leading global developer and publisher of freemium games for smartphone and tablet devices. Glu is focused on creating compelling original IP games such as GUN BROS, DEER HUNTER, BLOOD & GLORY, and SAMURAI VS. ZOMBIES DEFENSE on a wide range of platforms including iOS, Android™, Windows Phone, Google Chrome, and MAC OS. Glu’s unique technology platform enables its titles to be accessible to a broad audience of consumers globally. Founded in 2001, Glu is headquartered in San Francisco with major offices outside Seattle, and overseas in Brazil, Canada, China, and Russia. Consumers can find high-quality entertainment created exclusively for their mobile devices wherever they see the ‘g’ character logo or at www.glu.com. For live updates, please follow Glu via Twitter at www.twitter.com/glumobile or become a Glu fan at Facebook.com/glumobile.
Niccolo de Masi joined Glu as its President and Chief Executive Officer in January 2010 and brings to Glu a strong background of senior management and executive experience in the mobile gaming and content sectors. Prior to joining Glu, Niccolo was the Chief Executive Officer and President of Hands-On Mobile, a mobile technology company and developer and publisher of mobile entertainment, since October 2009, and previously served as the President of Hands-On Mobile from March 2008 to October 2009. Niccolo was previously the Chief Executive Officer of the London-listed mobile entertainment company Monstermob Group PLC from June 2006 to February 2007. Mr. de Masi joined Monstermob in 2004 and, prior to becoming its Chief Executive Officer, held positions as its Managing Director and as its Chief Operating Officer where he was responsible for formulating and implementing Monstermob's growth and product strategy. Prior to joining Monstermob, Mr. de Masi worked in a variety of corporate finance and operational roles within the technology, media and telecommunications (TMT) sector, beginning his career with JP Morgan on both the TMT debt capital markets and mergers and acquisitions teams in London. He has also worked as a physicist with Siemens Solar and within the Strategic Planning and Development divisions of Technicolor. Mr. de Masi holds an M.A. degree in Physics and an MSci. degree in Electronic Engineering—both from Cambridge University.
Eric Ludwig, Glu's Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, directs finance and investor relations of Glu Mobile worldwide, which includes corporate finance and accounting, tax and treasury, financial planning and analysis and investor relations. Prior to joining Glu, Eric served in various positions at Instill Corporation, an on-demand supply chain software company, most recently as Chief Financial Officer. Prior to Instill, Eric served as Corporate Controller at Camstar Systems, Inc., an enterprise manufacturing execution and quality systems software company from 1994 to 1996. He also worked at Price Waterhouse L.L.P. for five years in the tax and audit functions in the San Jose office focusing on software companies and IPOs. Eric holds a B.S. in commerce from Santa Clara University and is a Certified Public Accountant (inactive).
Matt Ricchetti, Glu's President of Studios, oversees product strategy, game development and operations for all of Glu's studios worldwide. Matt is a veteran gaming executive with over nine years in free-to-play, connected, social gaming. Prior to joining Glu, Matt served as Kabam's Vice President of Mobile, where he was instrumental in founding and growing the company's mobile business, which included the top-grossing success Kingdoms of Camelot: Battle for the North. Matt was also an early employee at Zynga, where he worked on mobile and Facebook titles like PetVille, Mafia Wars and Scramble. Prior to Zynga, Matt spent five years at Electronic Arts where he worked on Pogo.com, one of the first gaming services in the US to successfully incorporate microtransactions. Matt has a B.A. from Brown University in East Asian Philosophy and Language. He has spent several years living abroad in China and speaks fluent Mandarin.
As Senior Vice President, Research & Development, Kal is responsible for Glu's product development, operations and IT organizations. With over 20 years of experience in product development and over 8 years at Glu, Kal was instrumental in putting together Glu’s core engineering organization and solidifying Glu’s position as a global leader in mobile gaming. Prior to joining Glu in 2003, Kal worked at Pumatech International where he architected and built the infrastructure for mobile browsing. Prior to Pumatech, Kal held senior consulting positions for Fortune 50 companies and building high performance enterprise systems. Kal has a B.S. in Mathematics from Jabalpur University, India.
Greg Cannon serves as Glu’s Vice President Finance, Corporate Controller where he is responsible for overseeing all of the company’s global accounting and SEC reporting. Prior to joining Glu, Greg worked at Laserscope, Inc., an aesthetic and surgical laser company, where he managed their international accounting and Sarbanes-Oxley compliance prior to its acquisition by American Medical Systems. He also worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers L.L.P. in the audit and assurance practice focusing on software and venture capital clients. Greg holds a B.A. in business economics with an emphasis in accounting from the University of California at Santa Barbara and is a Certified Public Accountant (inactive).
Scott Leichtner serves as Glu’s Vice President and General Counsel where he is responsible for overseeing all of the company’s legal matters. Prior to joining Glu, Scott worked as a corporate attorney for more than 10 years at Fenwick & West LLP, a Silicon Valley law firm, where he handled a wide range of corporate governance matters and complex transactions, including equity and debt offerings, M&A transactions and venture capital financings. Prior to Fenwick, Scott worked as a corporate attorney at Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft, a Manhattan law firm, where he primarily worked on mortgage-backed securities offerings. Scott has a B.A. degree in Political Science from Duke University and a J.D. degree from the University of Michigan Law School.
Jesse Taylor joined Glu in January 2011 as Vice President of Studios. In this role, Jesse is responsible for the management of all external Glu studios, including studios in Moscow, Beijing and Sao Paolo. Jesse has over 23 years of product development experience in the videogame industry. Most recently, Jesse worked at Globex Studios as Executive Vice President of Product Development and Chief Technology Officer, responsible for oversight of 3 development studios in Los Angeles, Tianjin China and Taipei Taiwan. Jesse was also responsible for the technology roadmap for Globex, which included online games systems, tools and server infrastructure. Jesse was previously at Namco for 6 years as Sr. Vice President of Research and Development, where he led the growth of North American consumer product development. During that time, Jesse oversaw the revitalization of the Pac Man franchise for Namco as well as the growth of the North American development studio. Jesse has also served as an executive producer at Electronic Arts, Midway and Virgin Interactive. At Electronic Arts in the early 1990’s, Jesse worked as a Technical Director on many of EA’s franchise products, such as PGA Tour Golf, Lakers vs. Celtics Basketball and Desert Strike. Jesse began his career in the game industry in 1988 as a game programmer and designer at Epyx, where he contributed to the creation of classic titles such as California Games 2.
Clancy Ryan, Glu’s Vice President of Sales, joined Glu in 2008 as part of the Superscape acquisition. Clancy is a veteran in mobile gaming since 2004 working with every major platform, carrier and OEM. Prior to joining Glu, Clancy held various sales positions with the following companies: The Discovery Channel, Penske Logistics & Leasing (Rollins), and Bank of America (Sky Financial). Clancy holds an MBA from the Kellstadt Graduate School of Business at DePaul University with distinction.
Board of Directors
Bill Miller has served as one of Glu's directors since January 2007, served as Co-Chairman of the Board from July 2009 to January 2010 and has served as the sole Chairman of the Board since January 2010. Bill also served as Glu's Interim President and Chief Executive Officer from December 2009 to January 2010. Bill has acted as an independent director and adviser to a number of technology companies since November 1999. From April 1996 until November 1999, he served as Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Avid Corporation, a provider of digital tools for multimedia companies, where he also served as President from September 1996 to January 1999. Prior to then, Bill served as Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Quantum Corporation, a data storage manufacturer. He previously held various positions in the data storage, information services and financial services businesses of Control Data Corporation, a computer and data services company. Bill serves as a director of NVIDIA Corporation, Waters Corporation and Digimarc Corporation. Bill holds a B.A. in speech communications and a J.D. from the University of Minnesota.
Niccolo de Masi joined Glu as its President and Chief Executive Officer in January 2010 and brings to Glu a strong background of senior management and executive experience in the mobile gaming and content sectors. Prior to joining Glu, Niccolo was the Chief Executive Officer and President of Hands-On Mobile, a mobile technology company and developer and publisher of mobile entertainment, since October 2009, and previously served as the President of Hands-On Mobile from March 2008 to October 2009. Niccolo was previously the Chief Executive Officer of the London-listed mobile entertainment company Monstermob Group PLC from June 2006 to February 2007. Mr. de Masi joined Monstermob in 2004 and, prior to becoming its Chief Executive Officer, held positions as its Managing Director and as its Chief Operating Officer where he was responsible for formulating and implementing Monstermob's growth and product strategy. Prior to joining Monstermob, Mr. de Masi worked in a variety of corporate finance and operational roles within the technology, media and telecommunications (TMT) sector, beginning his career with JP Morgan on both the TMT debt capital markets and mergers and acquisitions teams in London. He has also worked as a physicist with Siemens Solar and within the Strategic Planning and Development divisions of Technicolor. Mr. de Masi holds an M.A. degree in Physics, and an MSci. degree in Electronic Engineering—both from Cambridge University.
Ann joined Glu's board of directors in September 2005. She currently sits on the boards of directors of Google Inc., Netflix, Inc., MGM Holdings Inc., Ariat International, Moneygram International, Inc., Solazyme, Inc. and SmartPak Equine, LLC, and is a member of the board of trustees of the Dodge & Cox Funds. From May 2004 until its acquisition by eBay in 2005, Ann served as a director Shopping.com. From 1999 to 2004, she was Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Pixar Animation Studios where she was responsible for finance, administration, business affairs, investor relations and human resources. Prior to joining Pixar, Ann was Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Village Roadshow Pictures, and she held various executive positions at the Walt Disney Company in Los Angeles from 1993 to 1999, including Senior Vice President of Finance and Administration for its Buena Vista International Theatrical Division. Ann also held various executive positions in Europe, including a position with Disney in Paris where she helped start the international theatrical distribution arm in ten European countries, as well as positions with Alico (a division of AIG) and Paramount Pictures. Ann holds an M.A. from Cambridge University in England.
Hany Nada has served on our Board since April 2005. Hany is a co-founder of GGV Capital and has worked as a long-term partner with more than 150 companies over the past decade to build companies that can succeed in today’s global marketplace. He is a trusted resource to public and private company CEOs and management teams on global market development, customer introductions and M&A/IPO guidance across US and Asian markets. CEOs that have worked with Hany characterize him as their go-to advisor for both general direction and company growth strategies.
As a leading venture investor, Hany made his first investment in China in 2001, and has led the firm’s successful investments in athenahealth (NASDAQ: ATHN), Endeca (acquired by Oracle) Glu Mobile (NASDAQ: GLUU), Kintana (acquired by Mercury Interactive), Turbine (acquired by Time Warner) and Xfire (acquired by Viacom). Currently, he serves on the Board of Directors for Tudou, China’s leading video content provider, Vocera Communications, RootMusic, Glu Mobile, and Wild Tangent. In addition to actively making investments in the mobile and digital media sectors in the US and China, Hany is responsible for one of the industry’s most successful China/US investment teams as well as general oversight of the firm's funds.
Before entering the venture capital business, Hany spent ten years on Wall Street as a top-ranked research analyst at Piper Jaffray focusing on Internet software and infrastructure. Hany is a graduate of the University of Minnesota where he earned a B.S. in economics and a B.A. in political science.
Brooke joined Glu's board of directors in June 2006. He has served as a Venture Partner of New Enterprise Associates since January 2005, focusing on software and semiconductor investments. Brooke currently sits on the boards of directors of NVIDIA Corporation, Informatica Corporation, SiTime Corporation, SugarCRM Inc. and Tableau Software, Inc. In addition, Brooke is an observer on the board of directors of Tabula Inc. He also serves on the Management Board of the Stanford Graduate School of Business. He brings with him 30-plus years experience in technology finance and operations. From 2000 to 2004, Brooke was a Venture Partner with Technology Crossover Ventures (TCV). Prior to that, he was Executive Vice President of NetDynamics, which was acquired by Sun Microsystems in 1998. From 1991 to 1997, Brooke was Senior Vice President Finance and Operations and Chief Financial Officer of Synopsys, an electronic design automation software company that he took public in 1992. During his tenure at Synopsys, revenue grew from $20 million to $500 million. From 1983-1991 Brooke served as Vice President-Finance and Production and Chief Financial Officer at Weitek, which he took public in 1988. Previously, he co-founded and was Chief Financial Officer of Southwall Technologies. In 1990, Brooke was recognized by Upside Magazine as one of the top 15 high-tech Chief Financial Officers. Brooke holds a B.A. in economics from Stanford University and an M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business
Ben T. Smith, IV is one of the pioneers of the freemium mobile gaming space, having been one of the earliest investors in Tapulous, providing leadership to its Board through its sale to the Walt Disney Company. He currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer of ShopCo, the owner and operator of the Find n Save local shopping sites. Prior to joining ShopCo, Ben served as an independent director of and advisor to technology companies, including in his role as a Venture Partner at Accelerator Venture Capital. Previously, Mr. Smith served as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of WYBS, Inc. d/b/a MerchantCircle, a leading social network of small business owners, from when he co-founded the company in August 2004 until the company was sold to Reply.com in May 2011. Ben previously co-founded Spoke Software, where he helped architect the business, establish a patent portfolio in social networking, and guide the company to its initial customers and through its establishment as a leading public database of business professionals. Ben has also held executive positions with Borland Software, EDS and A.T. Kearney, a strategy consulting firm, and served the Bush Administration as the Senior Advisor for Strategy and Planning to the Secretary of Transportation from 2001 to 2002. Ben continues to serve as on the board of directors of Spoke Software, as well as an advisor or investor in several other private companies, and provides advisory services to a number of high-technology companies. He holds a Master’s degree from Carnegie Mellon University’s Tepper School of Business and a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California at Davis.
Lorne Abony joined Glu's Board of Directors as Chairman of the Strategy Committee in April, 2013. Abony brings to Glu strong public company growth experience in skill-based gaming and online gambling. The Strategy Committee will assist the Board and senior management in refining Glu`s strategic vision and growth initiatives. Abony is currently CEO and Chairman of London (LSE AIM:MM) and Toronto-listed (MM.TO) Mood Media Corporation. Mood Media provides in-store media to over 570,000 locations worldwide and had 2012 revenues of $444 million. Prior to Mood Media, Abony co-founded FUN Technologies, an online gaming company that grew to be one of the world`s largest providers of online casual games and fantasy sports. In March 2006, FUN was acquired by Liberty Media Corp in a deal valuing the company at $484 million. Abony also served as a Director of Betbull PLC, an Austrian based financial holding company with investments in the real-money gaming and entertainment sectors. Betbull was established as a joint venture between FUN Technologies and bwin Interactive, and was eventually purchased by bwin. Abony has previously served on the board of CryptoLogic Inc., an Ireland-based provider of online gambling software.