New Chief Executive Heralds West Coast Expansion
9 March 2016
Jan Lindner, a respected veteran of the US games industry, has been appointed CEO of Stainless Games. With founder and majority shareholder Patrick Buckland moving sideways into the role of Executive Chairman, these changes signal a strengthening of the West Coast presence for the Isle of Wight based studio.
9th March 2016 – Newport, Isle of Wight, UK. Jan Lindner, a respected veteran of the US games industry, has been appointed CEO of Stainless Games. With founder and majority shareholder Patrick Buckland moving sideways into the role of Executive Chairman, these changes signal a strengthening of the West Coast presence for the Isle of Wight based studio.
For nearly a decade, Stainless’ business has successfully combined the development of its unique trading card game technology on console, mobile and PC, used in the blockbuster Hasbro-owned Duels of the Planeswalkers game and the exploitation of its infamous Carmageddon action-driving brand, originated by Buckland in the late 1990s.
Welcoming Jan Lindner, Buckland said: “Jan’s unique mixture of technical and commercial skills are perfect to take Stainless on to the next stage of its story. His role will see him divide his time equally between the U.K. and the U.S., allowing us to both improve the service we give to our existing U.S. partners and to open up new opportunities for Stainless’s expertise and brands.”
With CTO tenures at Vivendi and Take 2, as well as top management spells at Spin Master and telecoms venture Leonid, Jan Lindner brings both experience gained in a distinguished corporate career in interactive entertainment software and a strong engineering background to his new role.
“As pathfinders in console download, owners of world class TCG and unique driving technology and creators of a great original brand in Carmageddon, Stainless is in a unique position to expand and refine its activities globally,” observed Jan Lindner. “I am looking forward to helping it take the exploitation of its natural advantages in the games business to another level.”
As Executive Chairman, Patrick Buckland will continue to be based at the Stainless HQ on the Isle of Wight where he will be in overall control of technical operations and explore a number of new business opportunities identified for the company.
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About Stainless Games
Stainless is a 90-strong privately owned company located on the South Coast of the UK. We are Europe's premier console download developer with published projects on Console, PC and Handheld/Mobile ranging from famous, classic arcade coin-op conversions to full-on 3D action games.
Best known as the creative force behind the infamous Carmageddon franchise, Stainless is also the creator and developer of the multi-million selling Duels of the Planeswalkers trading card game franchise – an offshoot of the classic Hasbro owned Magic: the Gathering TCG
About Jan Lindner
Jan has over 30 years of managerial and entrepreneurial experience in software development and corporate management. Jan served as CTO at global games publishers: Take 2 (publisher of Grand Theft Auto) and Vivendi (publisher of World of Warcraft). Prior to these roles Jan started at Ironport together with two founders, serving as CTO and VP Engineering. Ironport was acquired by Cisco for over $800M in 2006. Recently, Jan headed the software division of Spin Master, a large multinational toy manufacturer.
About Patrick Buckland
Serial entrepreneur and technical pioneer, Patrick Buckland has been active in the technology and game sector since 1981, notably being the author of the first colour game on the original Apple Macintosh. Patrick is majority shareholder of Stainless Games Ltd.
Duels of the Planeswalkers and Magic: the Gathering are registered trademarks of Wizards of the Coast Inc.
Carmageddon is a registered trademark of Driving Game IP Ltd