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About Big Fish

Founded in 2002, Big Fish Games is an innovative developer and world-class publisher of a diverse portfolio of casual game franchises, including Big Fish CasinoGummy Drop, Fairway Solitaire, Jackpot Magic Slots and Cooking CrazeBig Fish Games serves millions of players every day and is dedicated to enhancing life through exceptional play for everyone, anywhere, on any device.  

Big Fish offers immersive, beautifully rendered, visceral gameplay experiences built upon its proprietary publishing platform, providing players with the opportunity to play, connect, compete and discover.  The company is headquartered in Seattle, Washington, with a regional office in Oakland, California, and is part of Aristocrat Leisure Limited.

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Seattle, WA, USA

Big Fish Games, Inc.
906 Alaskan Way
Suite 700
Seattle, WA 98104 USA

Oakland, CA, USA

Big Fish Oakland
1999 Harrison Street
Suite 2300
Oakland, CA 94612 USA

Executive Team

Jeff Karp

Managing Director and President
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Jeff has more than 15 years in senior executive roles with leading companies in the video games industry including EA (Executive Vice President, Play Label), Zynga (Executive Vice President, Chief Marketing and Revenue Officer) and GSN Games (Executive Vice President, Social and Mobile Games). He was instrumental in building multi-billion-dollar franchise games, including EA SPORTS, Words With Friends, Farmville, The Sims franchise, Bingo Bash, GSN Casino, and many more.

Most recently, Jeff was the Chief Executive Officer of Sports Illustrated Play, a youth sports focused digital platform that was acquired by Comcast/NBC earlier this year. At Sports Illustrated Play, Jeff built youth-sports platforms that supported more than 17M monthly users.

Sarah Leung

SVP and General Counsel
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Sarah Leung joined Big Fish in 2008 as Senior Corporate Counsel, and subsequently held the positions of Director, Senior Director, and Vice President prior to assuming the role of General Counsel and managing the company’s legal department and risk management efforts across all areas of the company, including business and product development; commercial transactions; regulatory compliance; marketing and advertising; intellectual property enforcement, prosecution and defense; employment matters; and disputes and litigation. She brings over 15 years of experience in working with technology and media companies.  

Prior to Big Fish, Sarah was a business attorney at RealNetworks, Inc., where she focused on streaming mobile video products and services.  Prior to RealNetworks, she was an associate at Heller Ehrman LLP, where she worked on M&A, financial and commercial transactions.  Sarah earned her J.D. from Duke University School of Law, and her B.A. cum laude in American Studies from Williams College. 

Carey DiJulio

SVP of Product and Marketing
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Carey DiJulio is the Senior Vice President of Product and Marketing for Big Fish Games. Carey joined Big Fish in 2009, where she helped to scale the company’s iOS business to become one of the top 10 grossing developers on iPad before moving to California in 2012 to lead the newly acquired Self Aware Games development studio as Vice President and General Manager. In 4 years the studio grew over 400% and Big Fish Casino became a mainstay in the Top Grossing games on the Apple App Store and Google Play. In her current role, Carey oversees product & marketing strategy across Big Fish Games’ diverse portfolio of studios.

Carey holds an M.S. in information management from the University of Washington, and graduated summa cum laude with honors in behavioral science from Drew University.

Omar Amin

SVP of Operations
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Omar Amin joined Big Fish Games in 2015 following the acquisition of Big Fish by Churchill Downs Incorporated (CDI).  As Senior Vice President of Operations, Omar is responsible for the company's IT, engineering, human resources/recruiting, finance and facilities teams.  Prior to joining Big Fish, Omar was Vice President of Business Integration leading the integration of Big Fish for CDI and before that led numerous strategic initiatives across CDI’s racing, casino, interactive and other business units during a time of rapid growth for the company as its Vice President of Corporate Operations. 

Omar holds a B.A. in economics and business administration from Vanderbilt University and a J. D. from the University of Kentucky College of Law.

Kevin Miller

SVP of Global Game Operations
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Kevin Miller joined Big Fish in early 2009, since which time his responsibilities have grown steadily.  He focuses on providing highly efficient and cost effective operations support for all of Big Fish’s internal studios and third party production partners.  His current team of 250 spans the following areas – developer relations, game quality assurance, localization, customer support, fraud/payments and licensing.    

Kevin has over 20 years’ international experience across games, business operations and service delivery.  Prior to his current role at Big Fish Games, he held a senior consulting role at Chandler Macleod in Sydney, with an emphasis on workflow analysis, metrics development and large scale recruitment projects, and led complex operations groups in high-tech manufacturing businesses in both Sydney for Globus Group and later in London for Mercator London Ltd. 

He received his BSc. (Hons) from the University of Leeds, UK and his Post Graduate Diploma in General Management from Macquarie University, Australia.

Jina Heverley

VP and GM Epic Venture Games and Liftoff Labs Studios
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Jina oversees the operation of the Big Fish PC, Mac, and mobile downloadable games business, the world’s largest hidden object puzzle adventure games marketplace.  In addition, she is responsible for the creative studios developing delightful F2P story driven casual mobile games and oversees an R&D studio focused on innovation and disruption through unique game experiences.  Jina joined Big Fish the year it was founded in 2002 and has been instrumental in the growth of the company. She was intrinsically involved in transformative initiatives throughout the history of Big Fish bringing engaging games to customers worldwide.  Customer centric product development is a passion that she carries into new products focused on sustained growth for the company.  Jina holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Finance from Seattle Pacific University.

Chris George

VP and General Manager of Triton Studios
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Chris George is the Vice President and General Manager of Triton Studios, which partners with third-party developers to bring free to play mobile hits such as Gummy Drop! and Cooking Craze to players worldwide. Chris joined Big Fish in 2009, spending time in IT and marketing roles before spending the majority of his tenure growing Triton Studios from a small team to the successful and profitable studio it is today.

Chris has more than 23 years of digital online experience across a range of software, ecommerce, and media companies, including stints at Microsoft, Buy.com, and Fox Interactive Media. Prior to joining Big Fish, he was Vice President of Applications at Fox Interactive Media, where he lead the application development and support department targeting finance and supply chain. At Buy.com, Chris was Director of IT Support Applications, overseeing all aspects of development and maintenance for the company’s back-end application suite, including CRM, product management, billing, fraud, targeted marketing, and return logistics systems.

Chris holds a B.S. in Technical Communication from the University of Washington.

Chris Williams

VP and General Manager of Sky Rocket Studios
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Chris Williams is Big Fish's VP & General Manager of SkyRocket Studios overseeing the business and product strategy for a diverse portfolio of hit F2P mobile games. Chris has spent 20 years dedicated to the interactive entertainment industry. Before joining Big Fish he was the VP of Products & Strategy at PlayFirst where he guided PlayFirst's shift into free-to-play mobile gaming and established Diner Dash as one of the most successful gaming franchises in the App Store. Previously, Chris was with LucasArts Entertainment where he was a member of the executive team and lead the development of several successful Star Wars and Indiana Jones games across a variety of gaming platforms.

Chris received a Bachelors of Architecture degree from Cornell University.

Andy Vella

VP and General Manager of Self Aware Games
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With a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science, Andy was one of the early members of Self Aware Games starting in 2010 as a Lead Engineer before moving on to become VP, Engineering. In early 2016, Andy stepped into the role of Executive Producer of the Self Aware Games studio, leading the team to successes such as launching and scaling Jackpot Magic Slots. Andy is currently the VP, General Manager of the Self Aware Games Studio overseeing the social casino business in Oakland, CA.

Jonathan Maltos

VP of Human Resources
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Jonathan Maltos joined Big Fish in June of 2014 as the VP of Human Resources. As Big Fish Games’ senior human resource leader, Jonathan develops and executes the vision of all human resources initiatives and functions including; talent acquisition, employee retention, employee engagement, succession management, compensation and benefits, performance management, compliance, merger and acquisitions, and HR Operations. He brings over 20 years of human resource experience working with multiple Seattle area companies. 

 

Prior to joining Big Fish, Jonathan was a partner at AON Hewitt, where he focused on developing and delivering human resource solutions to Northwest based companies. Jonathan earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Washington in Political Science and International Relations.

Nimesh Wijesooriya

VP of Finance
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Nimesh Wijesooriya joined Big Fish Games in 2018 following the acquisition of Big Fish by Aristocrat Leisure Limited.  As Vice President of Finance, Nimesh partners closely with both the Big Fish and Aristocrat Digital Leadership Teams on planning, reporting, strategy formulation and decision support.  Nimesh brings over 10 years of experience in working with technology and media companies in a variety of Accounting, Corporate Finance, Strategy and M&A roles.

Prior to Big Fish, Nimesh was the Group Director of Strategy and M&A at Aristocrat where he played a lead role in formulating and implementing Aristocrat’s growth strategy within the Digital Gaming sector and in successfully identifying and executing Digital Gaming M&A.  Prior to joining Aristocrat, Nimesh served as Associate Director of Investment Banking at UBS Investment Bank, advising companies on Strategy, M&A, and Capital Markets transactions.  Nimesh earned his Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting and Finance) and Bachelor of Laws (First Class Honors) degrees from the University of Sydney, Australia.