The Asian Age
ANGRY BIRDS MAKER NAMES NEW CEO
Helsinki: Finland’s Rovio, the maker of the Angry Birds mobile game, said it has hired Pekka Rantala
from beverage maker Hartwall to take over as its new chief executive by the beginning of next year.
Current CEO Mikael Hed, son of board chairman Kaj Hed, will join the company’s board of directors as well as take on the role of chairman at Rovio’s animation studios. Rantala, who is currently the CEO of Hartwall, earlier worked for 14 years for Nokia. After scoring a global breakthrough with Angry Birds in which players use a slingshot to
attack pigs who steal birds’ eggs, Rovio has expanded the brand into an animated TV series and merchandising of toys and clothing. But it has struggled to retain players and earnings halved last
year due to investments. — Reuters