Disruptor Beam has announced that it has hired Blue Fang Games veteran Hank Howie to be the company’s new Vice President of Business Development & Chief Operating Officer. He will be responsible for licensing, publishing and building partnerships on behalf of the company, as well as operations relating to all projects including the upcoming Game of Thrones Ascent social game being developed in partnership with HBO and author George R.R. Martin.

“With over 20 years of experience in the game and Internet industries, I’m confident that Hank’s worldwide connections and in-depth insight will prove to be invaluable as we continue to grow,” said Jon Radoff, CEO and Founder of Disruptor Beam. “I can’t think of a better person to help Disruptor Beam reach its next chapter, creating innovative social and mobile games and furthering our position as a key member of not just the Boston game development community, but the global games industry as a whole.”

“I’ve experienced first-hand the industry-wide transition towards targeting a continually growing population of casual gamers with social and mobile games,” said Howie. “The potential for Disruptor Beam to become a leader in this space is clearly apparent. This is one of the many reasons that I am thrilled to join the Disruptor Beam team and I’m looking forward to building prosperous and long-lived partnerships that will skyrocket the company to the next level.”

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