With a rapidly growing community of over 40 million core players and a deep portfolio of development partners, Aeria Games is a leading destination for free-to-play online multiplayer games. Founded in 2006 and with offices in the US, Germany, and Brazil, Aeria Games publishes and develops high quality online games in nine languages - English, German, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Polish, Italian, Turkish and Russian - covering more than 30 countries. The company’s proprietary technology offers strong benefits to both players and developers. Players gain access to a universal gaming destination providing deep, immersive online games accessible from PC, browser, tablet, and smart phones. Developers get a blazingly fast point of entry to the global gaming market via Aeria Games’ specialized platform that enables quick and easy game integration. The company’s diverse portfolio includes highly engaging fantasy MMORPGs, action shooters, anime-style social games, and multiplayer mobile titles.
Chief Executive Officer
Lan is the CEO and co-founder of Aeria Games, and brings over 10 years of experience in management and business development. As a serial entrepreneur, Lan has invested in and co-founded several companies in various industries ranging from technology outsourcing, trading to internet and mobile related businesses. Lan has extensive experience in the gaming sector, as a director of ActozSoft, a listed game developer in Korea, and as an early investor and collaborator of Aeria Inc., a listed company in Japan, which founded Gamepot, a major Japanese publisher, and other game and internet-related companies. He currently serves as a director for Corporate Finance Partners Asia and Japan internet.com. Lan also has 7 years of experience as a corporate attorney specializing in restructuring, finance and cross-border investments. .
Lan received his Doctor of Jurisprudence from Stanford Law School and a bachelor's degree in Economics from the University of Houston.
Chief Operating Officer
JT is the COO of Aeria Games, overseeing the worldwide publishing operations of the company. JT has over 10 years of experience working in both Fortune 500 companies as well as in Silicon Valley startups in the mobile, eCommerce, B2B, aerospace, financial, and gaming industries. Prior to joining Aeria Games, JT held an operations strategy position at HSBC where he consulted with the global business teams within the credit card division. At the start of his career, JT held hardware and software engineering positions at Motorola and Bluedog, a startup company in Silicon Valley.
JT holds an MBA from the Anderson School of Management at UCLA, a Masters in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University, and a bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign.
Managing Director, Europe
Pascal is the German Managing Director for Aeria Games Europe GmbH and oversees the European publishing division. Prior to joining Aeria Games in summer 2009, Pascal was in charge of Corporate Development for Bertelsmann, Inc in San Francisco. He has several years of experience in entrepreneurialism and leadership in the film and new media industry. In 2006 he founded bloomstreet.net ‚Äì a venture capital funded online social network. Simultaneously he was a producer and co-founder of Sanktuarium Filmproduction.
Pascal received his MBA at the European Business School Oestrich-Winkel and University of Berkeley in California. He also holds a Doctor's degree in media science from the Hochschule fvºr Film und Fernsehen Konrad Wolff.
Chief Operating Officer, Latin America
Gerson Souza is the COO of Aeria Games do Brasil, overseeing the Latin America publishing business. Gerson has been in the video game industry since 1994 and previously managed the operations of Sony's PlayStation Division in Brazil and Vivendi Games business in Latin America. He successfully released AAA titles such as God of War III, Counter-Strike, and Warcraft III.
Gerson graduated in Electronic Engineering and has an Executive MBA in E-Commerce and Post-graduation in Sales from ESPM.
Chief Financial Officer
Vu is the CFO and co-founder of Aeria Games, and brings many years of experience in entrepreneurialism and leadership to the company. As a serial entrepreneur, Vu has helped establish several companies in various industries. He was the CFO of SGO Inc., an import/export company specializing in construction equipment trading. Vu also serves on the board of advisors for RubyCoins, a company that specializes in secure in-game payment solutions for micro-transaction based games.
Vu holds bachelor's degree in Biology from the University of Houston
Chief Technology Officer
Terry is the CTO and co-founder of Aeria Games and is responsible for all technology strategy and development in the company. Terry has over 12 years of experience in scalable Internet applications in consumer, enterprise and mobile software in both startup and Fortune 500 companies. Prior to Aeria Games, he held a senior engineering position at Good Technology where he co-authored a patent in maintaining current data for wireless devices. Terry held engineering management roles at Open Harbor, leading teams in providing technical solutions and development of software-as-a-service (SAAS) for several multi-national companies.
Terry holds a Masters in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University and a dual bachelor's degree in Computer Engineering and Mathematics from Southern Methodist University.
Director of Publishing, Europe
Stefan is the Director of Publishing and oversees the company’s European publishing operations, product management and customer service. Stefan has over 10 years experience in the media and technology industry. Prior to joining Aeria Games, Stefan was a senior project manager at Booz & Company, where he successfully led many strategic assignments for Internet and telecommunications companies. Among other projects, he set up a new 1,000 employee division to develop mobile data services, reorganized customer facing operations for a Kazakh mobile carrier, and led a turn-around program for Egypt’s largest telco operator.
Stefan received his MBA at the European Business School Oestrich-Winkel and F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business at Babson College. He also holds a Doctor’s degree in information systems from European Business School Oestrich-Winkel.
General Counsel and Vice President of Corporate Development
As Vice President, Corporate Development, Dan oversees Aeria Games' corporate development (financings, investments and mergers and acquisitions) and business development (licensing, distribution and other strategic partnerships) activities. He also serves as General Counsel and manages all of the company's legal matters. Dan has over 14 years of experience working with a wide range of companies in many different fields, from start-ups "in garages" to Fortune 500 enterprises. Prior to Aeria Games, Dan served as Associate General Counsel at eHealth, a Nasdaq-listed e-commerce and software company in the health insurance industry. He has also worked at Virgin America, a start-up airline that grew from 58 employees when he joined to over 1,000 when he left, and Calpine, a NYSE-listed energy company that owns and operates renewable geothermal and low-emission power plants. Dan began his career at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, one of the nation's leading law firms, representing technology businesses, venture capital firms and investment banks.
Dan received his Doctor of Jurisprudence from Stanford Law School and a bachelor's degree in Economics from Stanford University.
Director of Publishing, North America
Tom is a seasoned marketing/business executive with over 19 years of experience working for industry leading brands including Electronic Arts, Sega, Hasbro, Atari, Apple and LucasArts. He has 9+ years of experience in the MMO space. At Turbine, Tom was the VP Marketing and launched D&D Online and worked on the Lord of the Rings Online. At LucasArts, Tom was responsible for the company's online games business including Star Wars Galaxies, The Clone Wars Adventures, and Star Wars The Old Republic. Tom has an MBA from UC-Berkeley and an engineering degree from MIT. He lives in Mill Valley with his wife and 3 kids. For fun, he enjoys cheering for the Giants and the Raiders, playing Legos with his boys, and playing soccer with his daughter.
Director of Marketing, North America
Colin has over 15 years of experience as an entrepreneur, general manager, and consultant. As a strategy consultant for Monitor Group, he advised high-tech clients in marketing and growth strategy. Colin founded two startups, including a venture capital backed innovator in alternative insurance risks, and another company sold as WebPosition to InfoSpace, Inc. He served as a senior director for InfoSpace, leading the company's SEO and online auction business units.
Colin holds a bachelor's degree in economics from MIT and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Director of Human Resources
Lita Unruh has been working in Human Resources for over 25 years, with 15 years in startups throughout the Silicon Valley. She has successfully built and led HR functions, primarily focused on technology-forward companies who want to make things happen. Her specialty is knowing "just the right" amount of HR infrastructure for start-up environment and working with leaders to build a highly engaged company culture.
Lita graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara with degrees in Communication Studies and Sociology, where she was named Student of the Year.