Digital Development Management (DDM), the world’s leading business and talent agency for video games and digital entertainment, has appointed seasoned licensing and business strategic sales executive Elizabeth Ross as Director of Business Development, effective immediately. The announcement was made jointly today by DDM’s Founder and Managing Partner, Jeff Hilbert and DDM President, Joe Minton.
As Director of Business Development, Ross is tasked with creating DDM’s business strategy for the casual, social and online short-form game categories. In addition to sourcing opportunities for DDM’s talented roster of developers, Ross will also assist clients with company roll-ups, project funding, and will be responsible for overseeing the operations and management of her new unit. She will report to both Minton and Hilbert.
"With an unparalleled track record and business acumen, Liz is an exceptional addition to our team, plus she comes to DDM at the perfect time. Her joining syncs with several key milestones from the opening of our new office in Japan to the launch of our new game production services division," said Hilbert. "Her experience and relationships will benefit our clients across the board."
With over 10 years sales experience in selling and aligning licensing and strategic partnerships for the online and entertainment industries, Ross is well positioned to head up DDM’s business development unit. Ross comes to DDM from several years as a self-employed strategic sales consultant, most recently for a stealth startup company developing a website targeted at high net worth professional women. During this time she was responsible for developing the preliminary business model and revenue objectives for the company as well as the initial strategic partnership and focus for the website launch. Ross also consulted for Seacliff Consulting, LLC where she advised and supported the CEO and Founder to build a new Emerging Technology and Social Media Division for the company.
Prior to her years as a consultant, Ross spent two years as Director of Sales for Ask Jeeves where she was tasked with selling and licensing Ask Jeeves Corporate Services and Ask Jeeves retrieval engine to technology corporations nationwide. During her tenure, Ross managed key technology accounts including IBM, Apple, Hewlett Packard, Compaq, Nortel and Adobe.
Before Ask Jeeves, Ross held the role of Director, Strategic Sales for Electronic Arts where she transformed the OEM/Licensing Division into the Strategic Sales Division with licensing revenue of over $12 million dollars based on forefront Technology and Strategic Partnership relationships and agreements.
Ross received her Bachelor of Science Degree from the Business School of Management at Boston College University.