Big Fish Gets New CFO from Amazon

Seattle casual games company Big Fish Games has added a former vice president as its new chief financial officer. David Stephenson replaces Michael Vernon, who left BigFish in May to join fast-growing Seattle daily-deal startup Zulily.

Stephenson worked at Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN) for 11 years, most recently serving as vice president of finance for the $15 billion North American retail division. He also previously worked for Procter & Gamble.

Stephenson’s e-commerce experience will certainly come in handy at Big Fish, which sells thousands of casual games online. Games are either produced in-house by Big Fish’s own studio, or by other developers who market their games through the site. The company also has moved into mobile and social games in recent years.

Big Fish raised about $83 million back in 2008, and earlier this year added ubiquitous angel investor Geoff Entress to its board. Casual and social games have become a hot sector recently, with Zynga’s explosive growth and Seattle studio PopCap’s recent acquisition by EA.

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