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Big Fish appoints 15 year industry veteran Jeff Karp as new managing director and president

Karp brings aboard executive experience from some of the industry’s biggest players

Big Fish appoints 15 year industry veteran Jeff Karp as new managing director and president

Casual game developer Big Fish has taken aboard Jeff Karp as its new managing director and president.

Karp will oversee the continued production of the companies assorted franchises across the casual and casino genres.

Karp brings 15 years experience in the industry to the studio, with past executive positions at EA, Zynga and GSN Games among others.

His most recent position as CEO at Sports Illustrated Play saw him oversee youth sports platforms that supported more than 17 million monthly users.

Karp's appointment comes after Big Fish was acquired by Australian casino company Aristocrat Leisure for a hefty $990 million.

Reeled in

“I am delighted to welcome Jeff Karp to Big Fish.” said chief digital officer Jeff Goldstein “Jeff’s expertise in growing games into global entertainment franchises is unsurpassed. His proven track record and deep experience in the games industry make him the ideal person to drive Big Fish’s growth strategy, and ensure the business delivers its full potential.”

Jeff Karp added: “I am honored to be working with such a creative and talented group, who are focused on enhancing life through exceptional play. Big Fish is a content-rich company and its employees are passionate about making great games that bring joy and fun to millions of players around the world.

“I look forward to working with everyone at Big Fish to deliver our growth plans for the benefit of our players, our people and all our stakeholders.”

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