Bigpoint Adds International Management for Next Phase of Growth
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Bigpoint Adds International Management for Next Phase of Growth PR Newswire HAMBURG, Germany, July 19, 2012 HAMBURG, Germany, July 19, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Bigpoint has strengthened its management with the appointment of an international team at C-level to support founder and CEO Heiko Hubertz in leading the next phase of growth Key new hires are Christian Unger (interim COO), former CEO of Ringier and Tradus, Khaled Helioui (Chief Games Officer), an experienced internet and online gaming investor Claire Davenport (Chief Commercial Officer) and Tim Weickert (Chief Technical Officer) are also part of the new management team Reorganisation to focus on core competencies of market-leading browser games development and international distribution with 4 senior regional managers, and a number of new office locations planned Bigpoint (http://www.bigpoint.com), Europe's number 1 online-games developer and publisher, is adding depth to its senior management team with a series of new appointments. The goal of these changes is to increase focus on Bigpoint's core capabilities: game development and international game distribution. Local offices in Paris, London, Rome, San Francisco and Sao Paulo will be strengthened, distribution offices in new locations will soon be opened, and more resources will be allocated to key games. Selected third party developers will be able to publish their games to the full Bigpoint network.

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Bigpoint Adds International Management for
Next Phase of Growth
PR Newswire
HAMBURG, Germany, July 19, 2012
HAMBURG, Germany
,
July 19, 2012
/PRNewswire/ --
Bigpoint has strengthened its management with the appointment of an
international team at C-level to support founder and CEO Heiko Hubertz in leading
the next phase of growth
Key new hires are Christian Unger (interim COO), former CEO of Ringier and
Tradus, Khaled Helioui (Chief Games Officer), an experienced internet and online
gaming investor
Claire Davenport (Chief Commercial Officer) and Tim Weickert (Chief Technical
Officer) are also part of the new management team
Reorganisation to focus on core competencies of market-leading browser games
development and international distribution with 4 senior regional managers, and a
number of new office locations planned
Bigpoint (http://www.bigpoint.com),
Europe's
number 1 online-games developer
and publisher, is adding depth to its senior management team with a series of
new appointments. The goal of these changes is to increase focus on Bigpoint's
core capabilities: game development and international game distribution. Local
offices in
Paris
,
London
,
Rome
,
San Francisco
and
Sao Paulo
will be
strengthened, distribution offices in new locations will soon be opened, and
more resources will be allocated to key games. Selected third party developers
will be able to publish their games to the full Bigpoint network. In the mobile
space, Bigpoint is adopting a new strategy in which it will increasingly work with
external studios rather than in-house developers, and will look to expand the
successful distribution network model to mobile.
"In the past few years, Bigpoint has developed incredibly quickly from a small
start-up to a large, internationally successful business with partners and
customers around the world. We had outgrown our original structure. This new
structure and team represent an important step in order to position us for the
next five years and to further expand our international market leadership. We
want to have the best browser games in our portfolio, whether developed
internally or by third parties, and we want to continue to be the number 1
browser games publisher in every market where we are present", says founder
and CEO Heiko Hubertz.
Christian Unger adds more senior experience to the
team
Christian Unger will be supporting Bigpoint with the implementation of the new
structure and with the next steps of international growth. From 2009 until
April
2012
, Christian was CEO of Ringier AG, the biggest media group in
Switzerland
.
Prior to this, he led Tradus plc., an e-commerce company with online-auction
platforms and e-commerce portals in twelve countries. During his time at
Tradus, the stock price tripled. The 44-year-old father-of-three started his
career with Bertelsmann where he held several positions, most recently as CEO
of Bertelsmann China. Christian Unger will be reporting directly to Heiko
Hubertz, founder and CEO, and will be supporting Bigpoint on an interim basis.
The second new addition to the management team is French-Tunisian Khaled
Helioui who joins as Chief Games Officer and will run the whole product
department - from new game development to game life cycle management of
blockbusters such as Battlestar Galactica Online, Farmerama and Drakensang
Online. Khaled joins from TA Associates, a global growth equity firm, where he
covered the Technology space from 2009 until
May 2012
and was notably
involved in their investment in Bigpoint. He was previously at UBS AG advising
Technology companies across
Europe
on their capital raising and M&A
considerations.
Claire Davenport, an experienced British executive who has previously held
senior positions at RTL Group and Skype, and who has been with Bigpoint for
over a year, will continue to run the distribution arm of the business as Chief
Commercial Officer, now including the
USA
. Meanwhile, Tim Weickert, former
IT Director of Bigpoint, has been promoted to Chief Technical Officer where he
will focus on building up the flexibility and stability of the technical
infrastructure to have the best gaming platform as the company's operations
and international user base continue to expand.
"I am pleased to support the company, in such a dynamic market environment,
with its transformation and to contribute my experiences in the area of change
management and international growth", says Christian Unger, COO Bigpoint.
As part of the transformation, Nils Holger Henning (former Chief
Communication Officer), as well as Tobias and Philip Reisberger (Managing
Directors at Bigpoint Luxemburg) are leaving the company to pursue their own
businesses.
About Bigpoint:
Bigpoint (http://www.bigpoint.com) is
Europe's
leading online-game developer,
publisher and content provider for more than 1,000 global distribution partners.
Bigpoint's free-to-play games are played by over 280 million registered users in
over 30 languages. The company's diversified portfolio includes high quality
games for browser, mobile and social platforms. More than 800 employees
from over 35 different nations work at the company headquarters in
Hamburg,
Germany
or at other locations in
Berlin
,
San Francisco
,
London
,
Paris
, São Paulo
and
Malta
. Bigpoint's many distinctions in the industry include the European
Business Award 2011, the Mashable Best Online Game Award for "Farmerama",
the "Fastest Growing Larger Company" and "Uniqueness of Offering" prizes at
the 2010 Media Momentum Awards, as well as the MTV Skyscraper Award for
extraordinary achievement in game development. For more information or
press material, please visit the press area at http://www.bigpoint.net.
Further information:
http://www.bigpoint.com
http://www.bigpoint.net
Press Contact
Sandra Braun
Vice President
Drehbahn 47-48
20354 Hamburg
T: +49(0)40-881413 - 191
E: s.braun@bigpoint.net
Janine Griffel
Griffel & Co Kommunikation GmbH
Forsmannstr. 8 b
22303 Hamburg
T: +49(0)40-6094586-00
E: jg@griffel-co.com