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May 21, 2008 Article Start Previous Page 21 of 21
 

Kathy Vrabeck

President, Casual Entertainment Label, Electronic Arts

Career overview

Appointed president of Electronic Arts' newly created Casual Entertainment label in 2007, Kathy Vrabeck oversees product development for a number of projects within EA. She is responsible for product management and marketing in EA Mobile, EA's projects with Hasbro, and Steven Speilberg's lauded new puzzle game Boom Blox.

In total, Vrabeck is in charge of nine studios and more than 1,100 employees positioned in locations from Los Angeles, Salt Lake City, to Austin. Prior to her work at EA, Vrabeck was president of publishing at Activision.

After leaving Activision, Vrabeck served as a consultant with various companies, including EA, using her experience and distinguished background in marketing and sales to assistant other business within the gaming industry.

Major accomplishments

Vrabeck is ultimately responsible for EA's biggest growth label. She directs how the casual entertainment department introduces their games to players of all ages. She also makes decisions on which projects to green-light, i.e. which will join the growing casual entertainment business.

Innovation

As the head of Pogo.com, an online portal for casual games associated with Electronic Arts, Vrabeck has had a hand in a unique approach to online gaming.

Combining both free and betting-based games, Pogo.com and other casual title efforts are pushing the envelope of the way gaming operates outside of the restraints of major console releases.

What her peers say

Bonnie: "Once again, it's inspiring to see a woman in a position of such importance and saw in our 'male' industry. I think it's especially important that Kathy Vrabeck is a force in EA's casual games -- titles which are bridging the gaping gender divide in gaming. It's wonderful to think of all the female players she will be drawing in with games designed, managed, and directed toward an audience of women and girls."


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