In his new role, Gezgin will lead the Digital Apps division, focusing on growing the company’s footprint while driving revenue and profitability. He will continue to report to Michael Brandstaedter, President and CEO of Topps.
“Deniz has advanced Topps Digital’s product strategy by applying years of industry knowledge and valuable user base experience,” said Brandstaedter. “We’re committed to shaping the digital apps category through quality, creativity and innovation with Deniz at the helm.”
Prior to the promotion, Gezgin served as Director of User Acquisition and Marketing for Topps Digital since March 2016. Before joining Topps, he was Studio Lead at FunPlus where he built and expanded the San Francisco studio as well as oversaw product development, performance marketing and business intelligence. Gezgin’s early career includes positions with Zynga’s Casino Games division, Machine Zone and Idle Games.
“I’m thrilled with the opportunity to work with such a talented and passionate group of professionals and lead the charge in setting new standards in the digital apps arena,” said Gezgin. “It’s an exciting time at Topps and I’m ready to herald in this new era at Topps Digital.”
Founded in 1938, The Topps Company, Inc. is the preeminent creator and brand marketer of physical and digital sports cards, entertainment cards and collectibles and distinctive confectionery products. Topps’ leading sports and entertainment products include Major League Baseball, National Football League, Major League Soccer, UEFA Champions League, English Premier League, Bundesliga, Indian Premier League, Star Wars, WWE, UFC, Wacky Packages®, Garbage Pail Kids®, Mars Attacks® and other trading cards, sticker albums collections and collectibles. Topps’ app portfolio, including Topps® BUNT®, Topps NFL HUDDLE®, TOPPS KICK®, Topps® UFC® Knockout, Topps® WWE Slam®, Topps® The Walking Dead and Fear the Walking Dead: Card Trader and Topps® Star Wars™: Card Trader, has been a hit with millions of fans around the world. Topps’ confectionery brands include Ring Pop®, Push Pop®, Baby Bottle Pop®, Juicy Drop® Pop, and Bazooka® bubble gum. Topps was acquired by Michael Eisner’s Tornante Company and Madison Dearborn Partners in October 2007. For additional information, visit Topps.com and Candymania.com.
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