John Riccitiello is an executive with vast experience from the gaming industry. John joined Electronic Arts as President and COO in 1997, helping start EA in a phase of rapid international growth. With his help, EA increased its global market share significantly, diversifying its product portfolio and growing rapidly. John left EA in 2004 to found Elevation Partners, a private equity partnership focused on the media and entertainment sector. He returned to EA in 2007 as CEO, leading the company’s transformation into digital, online and mobile markets. During John’s tenure as CEO, EA’s digital and mobile revenues increased nearly 5x to $1.6B in 2012, making EA the leading western digital gaming company in 2012. In 2004, John was also a co-founder of a private equity firm, Elevation Partners, raising and investing a fund of $1.8B in a number of successful media and technology companies. John is currently an investor, is deeply involved in a number of technology and gaming start-ups. And, he’s a gamer!