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Glu Mobile (NASDAQ:GLUU) is a leading global developer and publisher of free-to-play 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 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 teams outside Seattle and in Canada, China, India, Korea 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 www.Facebook.com/glumobile.

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MANAGEMENT TEAM

Niccolo de Masi, President, CEO & Chairman
Eric Ludwig, Chief Operating Officer & Chief Financial Officer
Tim Wilson, Global Chief Technology Officer
Chris Akhavan, President of Publishing
Nick Earl, President of Global Studios
Greg Cannon, Vice President of Finance & Investor Relations
Scott Leichtner, Vice President & General Counsel
Martin Edelman, Vice President of Operations
Sheila Ryan, Vice President, Global Human Resources
Dominic Martinelli, Vice President, Information Technology  

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Niccolo de Masi, President, CEO & Chairman
Eric Ball
Ann Mather
Bill Miller
Hany Nada
Ben T. Smith
Greg Brandeau
Steven Ma

 

MANAGEMENT TEAM

Niccolo de Masi, President, CEO & Chairman

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. He also serves on the Board of NASDAQ-listed Xura, Inc. Back to Top

 

Eric Ludwig, Chief Operating Officer & Chief Financial Officer

Eric R. Ludwig, Glu's Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer, is responsible for all financial and administrative operations, including human resources, IT, legal and investor relations.  Additionally, he is responsible for driving game studio profitability, headcount and resource planning and M&A diligence and integration.  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). Back to Top

 

Tim Wilson, Global Chief Technology Officer

Tim Wilson serves as Glu’s Global Chief Technology Officer where he leads a global engineering team to maximize the company’s technology efforts and expand capabilities to provide players with seamless experiences. Wilson's impressive 27-year career in gaming includes multiple CTO positions at Electronic Arts, expertly positioning him to provide world-class technology leadership as Glu continues to expand its digital entertainment portfolio. Over the course of his 19-year tenure at Electronic Arts, Wilson served in several Engineering Leadership roles, and later as CTO of various business groups including EA’s Redwood Shores Studio, the Core Mobile Group, and EA Mobile Studios. His most recent role was Head of the company’s EADP Mobile Platform where he was instrumental in leading a team to develop and operate EA’s mobile services to support its entire mobile catalog. He also served as EVP of Strategic Relationships of Gaikai from January 2011 to October 2011 and on Gaikai’s Advisory Board from October 2011 until its acquisition by Sony Computer Entertainment in July 2012. Back to Top

 
 

Chris Akhavan, President of Publishing

Chris Akhavan oversees Glu’s worldwide business operations including user acquisition, marketing, advertising monetization, strategic partnerships, business intelligence, and international expansion. Chris brings to Glu a strong background in mobile monetization, advertising, and business development. Prior to joining Glu, he served as Senior Vice President of Global Partnerships for Tapjoy where he was a key early member of the team that built a leading mobile advertising and monetization platform. Chris was instrumental in building and scaling Tapjoy’s commercial operations globally, including establishing offices in Japan and Korea. Before joining Tapjoy, Chris held positions at RockYou!, VideoEgg and Yahoo!. Chris holds a B.A. degree in Economics from the University of California at Santa Cruz. Back to Top

 
 

Nick Earl, President of Global Studios

Nick Earl serves as Glu’s President of Global Studios where he oversees all of the domestic and international studio functions for the company. A twenty-year game industry veteran, Nick joined Glu in 2015 from Kabam Inc. and Electronic Arts. At Kabam, Earl was President of Worldwide Studios, presiding over hits such as Marvel: Contest of Champions. At EA, Earl was SVP of EA Mobile, overseeing freemium hits such as The Simpsons™: Tapped Out, The Sims™ FreePlay and Real Racing 3. He also led the company’s transition from the premium to freemium model. Prior to EA Mobile, Earl was senior vice president of EA Games launching such console and PC franchises as Knockout Kings, James Bond, Tiger Woods PGA Tour, The Godfather, The Sims, The Simpsons, Lord of the Rings  and Dead Space. Back to Top

 
 

Greg Cannon, Vice President of Finance & Investor Relations

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). Back to Top

 

Scott Leichtner, Vice President & General Counsel

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. Back to Top

   

Martin Edelman, Vice President of Operations

Martin Edelman joined Glu in 2005 and is responsible for the organization's central operations, overseeing functions including Business Intelligence, Project Management, Technology Partnerships, Creative Services and Customer Care. Over the last 9 years, Martin has held various publishing and studio roles at Glu including key product management and marketing positions as the company transitioned from feature phone to smartphone and tablet game development. Prior to joining Glu, Martin held marketing and project management roles at Citi Private Bank and Agilent Technologies. Martin holds a B.S. (Hons) from the University of Bath. Back to Top

 

Sheila Ryan, Vice President, Global Human Resources

Sheila Ryan brings more than 20 years of experience in leadership positions with both Fortune 500 and emerging companies. Currently the Vice President, Global Human Resources, Ms. Ryan leads the global HR org managing the full spectrum of HR including talent acquisition, total rewards, employee communication and workplace environment. Prior to joining Glu Mobile, Ms. Ryan served as Vice President, People and Culture with responsibility for the people strategy and implementation of key initiatives to support the rapid growth at health care start up Practice Fusion.  Previous to that Ms. Ryan was the Vice President of Human Resources at CBS Interactive, where she worked with the executive leadership team to align business goals with hiring strategy and led several major human capital initiatives throughout the organization. Ryan previously held HR leadership positions at Electronics For Imaging (EFI), EmployeeService.com and Bay Alarm Company. Back to Top


Dominic Martinelli, Vice President, Information Technology

Dominic Martinelli serves as Glu’s Vice President of Information Technology, leading the ongoing enhancement of Glu’s IT infrastructure and applications architecture to support the growth objectives of the company. Dominic has 20 of IT experience, most recently as VP & Chief Information Officer at SGI (formerly Rackable Systems). Prior to SGI, Dominic worked at Juniper Networks where he held global responsibility for all data center infrastructure, networks, servers, and storage infrastructures. Dominic holds a BA (Honors) from University of California at Santa Cruz. Back to Top

 

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Niccolo de Masi, President, CEO & Chairman

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. He also serves on the Board of NASDAQ-listed Xura, Inc. He also serves on the Board of NASDAQ-listed Xura, Inc. Back to Top

Eric Ball

Eric Ball joined Glu's board in October 2013 and has served as Chairman of the Audit Committee since January 2014. Eric currently serves as Chief Financial Officer of C3 Energy, an enterprise application software company. Ball previously served as Senior Vice President and Tresurer for Oracle and brings to Glu strong public company experience in managing worldwide treasury operations, capital markets activity, investment portfolio, foreign exchange, stock services, and risk management. Eric serves as a board advisor to SineWave Ventures, and has been an advisor to Theranos. Prior to joining Oracle, Eric worked in a variety of headquarters and operating finance roles at Flextronics, Cisco Systems, Avery Dennison, and AT&T. He was named by Treasury & Risk Management magazine in November 2003 as one of the "Top 40 Under 40" in Finance, and in June 2011 as one of the "100 Most Influential People in Finance."  Ball is a Kauffman Fellow, having completed a two-year program dedicated to innovation investing. Back to Top

Ann Mather

Ann Mather 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., Shutterfly, Inc., Arista Networks, and is one of the independent trustees of the Dodge & Cox Funds. From May 2004 until its acquisition by eBay in 2005, Ann served as a director of 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. Back to Top

Bill Miller

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 served as the sole Chairman of the Board from January 2010 to July 2014. 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, Digimarc Corporation and Quantance Inc., and during the past five years has also served as a director of Overland Storage, Inc. and ViewSonic Corporation. Bill holds a B.A. in speech communications and a J.D. from the University of Minnesota. Back to Top

Hany Nada

Hany Nada joined Glu's board of directors in April 2005. Hany is a co-founder of GGV Capital (formerly Granite Global Ventures) 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 of BandPage, Inc., Medium Entertainment, Inc. (PlayHaven), Vocera Communications, Inc. and WildTangent, Inc. Hany is also an observer on the Board of Directors of Houzz Inc. 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. Back to Top 

Benjamin T. Smith, IV

Ben Smith has served as one of Glu's directors since November 2010 and has served as chairman of the Compensation Committee since April 2013. Ben 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. Since April 2012, Ben has served as the Chief Executive Officer of Wanderful Media, a new media shopping company. Prior to joining Wanderful Media, Ben served as an independent director of and advisor to technology companies, including in his role as a Venture Partner at Accelerator Venture Capital, where he has served since December 2011. 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. Back to Top

Greg Brandeau

Greg Brandeau joined Glu’s Board of Directors in September 2015. As the former CTO of Walt Disney Animation Studios and former SVP of Technology for Pixar Animation Studios, he brings to Glu a strong background in technology management experience. In addition to serving on the Board at Glu, Brandeau currently serves as Managing Partner of Slices of Genius, a consulting organization founded by Mr. Brandeau, an advisory board member for Infrascale, Inc. and the Califormia Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology. He is also a member of the Visiting Committee for the Humanities at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In addition to his prior technology management roles at Walt Disney Animation Studios and Pixar, he has served in various technology management roles for companies including Maker Media, Periegen Sciences, NeXT Computer and Mountain Network Solutions. He is the co-author of Collective Genius: The Art and Practice of Leading Innovation. Brandeau holds B.S and M.S degrees in Electronic Engineering from MIT, and an MBA from Duke University. Back to Top 

Steven Ma

Steven Ma joined Glu’s Board of Directors in April 2015 as a result of Tencent’s strategic investment in the company. He currently serves as Senior Vice President for Tencent’s interactive entertainment division where he’s responsible for the international publishing of Tencent Games, establishing and maintaining long-term business partnerships and cooperation for the company. Prior to joining the Tencent, Mr. Ma served as a General Manager of games division of OPTIC Communication Co., Ltd. Prior to that, Mr. Ma worked as a General Manager in Shanghai EasyService Technology Development Ltd. Mr. Ma graduated from Shanghai Jiaotong University, and received an EMBA degree from Fu Dan University in 2008. Back to Top