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  • San Francisco United States (California)

Yara Khoury

  • San Francisco United States (California)

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Professional Status

Employed
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About Me

History of releasing highly innovative and creative products thanks to a deep understanding of and passion for the creative process.

Large scale production management, with 8 years experience producing console/PC games that require 2+ years, and distributed teams of 40-400 people to make.

Refined relationship-building skills, and experience creating collaborative environments, and building highly performing teams.

Experience

Head Of Games

Outpost Games
August 2016 to April 2018
Responsibilities completed
  • Joined Outpost to help make games as much fun to watch as they are to play.
  • Joined as Senior Producer, promoted rapidly to Head of Games after successfully leading the team to deliver an MVP that propelled SOS #3 on the Twitch charts, all driven by organic growth.
Detailed Description
  • Reported to the CEO and BOD made up of Benchmark, Time Warner and Youtube executives.
  • Focused the direction and execution efforts of SOS, leading the team in building an MVP, iterating on it and releasing on Steam Early Access.
  • Successfully delivered all milestones established with the board and CEO.
  • Recruited, grew and managed a high performing Games Team organization and leadership.

Producer

Electronic Arts - Visceral Games
June 2010 to August 2016
Responsibilities completed
  • Joined as Assistant Producer, promoted rapidly to Associate, then Producer. I focused on product execution, and owned bigger chunks of the games’ experience over time.
Detailed Description
  • Worked on 3 historic franchises (Battlefield, Star Wars, Dead Space), with 3 to 15+ million players, and shipped 4 games.
  • Lead teams of engineers, designers and artists day to day to execute the vision and deliver large software pieces within schedule and with the highest quality standards.
  • Built top-down and bottom-up goals that informed the product roadmap and mitigated risks in an ever-changing environment where creativity and iterations are key.
  • Identified gaps in the creative and production processes, and proactively solved them.
  • Represented the company and products at major PR events.

Assistant Senior Producer

Ubisoft EMEA
January 2009 to May 2009
Responsibilities completed
  • Helped craft 3rd party developers’ milestones, and monitor development and milestones’ deliveries of four games.
  • Contributed to the content’s quality, creativity and marketability throughout the projects.
Company website

http://www.ubi.com

Assistant Product Manager

Electronic Arts France
January 2008 to December 2008
Responsibilities completed
  • Helped launch over five new IPs, and learned how to introduce and establish a new brand to the market.
  • Coordinated media and non-media campaigns for over 25 games including Need For Speed, Rock Band, Mirror’s Edge, Lord of the Rings and Left 4 Dead.
  • Conducted and reported weekly and monthly market data analysis to the EU publishing org, using GfK data panels.
Company website

http://www.ea.com

2 others

Skills

  • Roadmap Planning
  • Backlog Management
  • Budget and P&L Management
  • Team Culture and Leadership
  • Cross Disciplinary Teams' Management
  • Career Management and Coaching
  • Recruiting and Hiring
  • Production Planning and Management
  • External Partners Relations and Negotiations
  • Agile and Waterfall Methodologies
  • Scheduling, Tracking and Reporting using Jira, Shotgun, Excel, Gsuite

Interests

  • Action/adventure/RPGs: GTA series, Uncharted, Last of Us, Zelda, Horizon Dawn, Final Fantasy series, God of War 3, Bioshock series, Tomb Raider series,
  • Shooters: Overwatch, Far Cry series, Battlefield series, PUBG, H1Z1, SOS
  • Platformers: Mario series, Rayman series, Limbo, Inside, Ori and the Blind Forest, Braid, Portal
  • Mobile: Hearthstone, Clash of Clans, Candy Crush, Alto, Monument Valley, Angry Birds
  • Indie: Journey, Flower, Brothers, Stanley Parable, Gone Home, Dear Esther, What Remains of Edith Finch, Papers Please, Gorogoa, Her Story
  • Where my money goes!
  • Piano, guitar
2 others

Education

MBA

University of Cincinnati
2009 to 2010

Masters in Management

Audencia Nantes School of Management
2006 to 2010

Humanites studies (BA equivalent)

Externat Sainte Marie, Lyon
September 2004 to June 2006
1 other