Elie Akilian — Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Elie founded KingsIsle Entertainment in January 2005. Elie brings a wealth of business management experience to KingsIsle, and an approach that fosters creativity. He is focused on attracting top talent, pushing their creative boundaries and challenging them to excel.
Prior to KingsIsle, Elie co-founded Inet Technologies, Inc. in 1989, and took the company public in 1999. He served as its President and Chief Executive Officer from April 1999 until the sale of the company to Tektronix, Inc., in September 2004. Prior to becoming CEO of Inet Technologies, Elie served as its Executive Vice President responsible for product development and then as Executive Vice President of sales and marketing.
David Nichols — President and Chief Operating Officer
David has a wide variety of experience in operations, publishing, and financial management which he brings to KingsIsle. In addition to his financial background, he possesses an in-depth understanding and knowledge of the video game industry.
Prior to joining KingsIsle, David was with Midway Games Inc., and subsidiaries from 1995 to 2004. Most recently, he served as Midway's Senior Vice President - Administration and Operations from January 2002 to November 2004. Prior to that, he served in various management roles with Midway's wholly-owned subsidiary, Midway Home Entertainment Inc., from June 1995 to January 2002, including Executive Vice President - Operations.
Mike strengthens KingsIsle with eighteen years of engineering and product development experience and an in-depth knowledge of various networking technologies and systems.
Prior to joining KingsIsle, Mike served as the Chief Technical Officer of the Communication Business of Tektronix, Inc. Mike also served as the CTO of Inet Technologies, Inc. prior to its acquisition by Tektronix, Inc. in 2004. Mike began his service with Inet in 1990, and prior to assuming the CTO role, he served as Vice President, Diagnostics Products Division and in various other critical roles, including Vice President of Research & Development for telecommunications software platforms.
Josef's extensive knowledge of the technical challenges relating to the development of massively multiplayer online games provides a valuable addition to the KingsIsle team. In addition to his technical background, he is integral in game design, and is the co-creator of Wizard101, KingsIsle's first online title, and new release Pirate101. Mr. Hall has many years of experience in managing technical teams in entrepreneurial environments.
Prior to joining KingsIsle, Josef followed a long-time dream and co-founded the online game company Wolfpack Studios, Inc. While at Wolfpack, he functioned in many roles, including serving as President, and was instrumental in creating a technology platform used in the development of the MMOG title Shadowbane. Josef was involved in all aspects of product design, development, and business operations up until the acquisition of the company by Ubisoft Entertainment. Prior to Wolfpack, Josef developed a Data Migration Engine technology and led a team of technical consultants as Director of Professional Services at Reliant Data Systems.
Fred brings a broad range of marketing and analytical skills to KingsIsle. In his career he has held senior positions in Marketing and Consulting and has developed a specific focus in online brands.
Prior to joining KingsIsle Fred served as Vice President of Marketing for Hoover's, Inc., D&B's online business division. In his leadership role he and his team were responsible for all marketing initiatives including customer acquisition and retention, traffic generation, product marketing, pricing, and on and offline merchandising. From 2001 until 2005 Fred worked in Dell's consumer marketing organization and held positions driving customer retention, as well as managing the P&L for Dell's consumer services business and its 6 billion dollar consumer desktop business. Prior to joining Dell, Fred worked as a Senior Consultant with a strategy consulting company and also spent five years in the financial services business.