PopCap Games has hired Robert Chamberlain, a 20-year technology sector veteran and 30-year finance executive, as chief financial officer (CFO). Chamberlain comes to PopCap after similar roles with F5 Networks, Onyx Software and Watchguard Technologies, plus several other significant software and services companies. In each case he guided the firm in question to profitability and in many instances arranged for those companies’ initial public offerings or other liquidation at a significant premium. Chamberlain replaces interim CFO Karla Horwitz, a partner with Tatum, an executive services firm, who has built and grown the finance team for PopCap over the last 17 months.
Chamberlain spent the past two decades shepherding public and private tech firms of various sizes to financial fruition, via private or public sales and acquisitions. Most recently, he worked for more than two years at Watchguard Technologies, a Seattle-based provider of firewall and unified threat management (UTM) appliances, where he served as CFO and led a team of 62 across numerous departments including finance and accounting, manufacturing, IT, HR, facilities and legal services.
Chamberlain’s past employers include F5 Networks (for which he managed a successful IPO), PhotoDisc (which he helped merge with Getty Images), ElseWare Corporation (he negotiated its sale to Hewlett-Packard) and MidCom Communications, a publicly-held telecommunications provider. Chamberlain began his career at KPMG, where he spent over 10 years as a finance and audit executive and partner.
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