Brad Wardell


Brad Wardell is a veteran game designer and developer with over 20 years of experience. As the founder of Stardock, he built his company from a one-man endeavor to a global software developer and publisher. While at Stardock he has designed the games Galactic Civilizations and The Political Machine, software including Start8, Object Desktop, ModernMix, and Impulse, plus countless other products, Wardell has an in-depth knowledge in how to build successful products from start to finish. He has been featured in Entrepreneur Magazine, Nightly Business Report, CNN, MSNBC, Time and US News for his entrepreneur and technical expertise. Check out Brad's website at


Derek Paxton

VP of Stardock Entertainment

Derek Paxton oversees all the daily operations of Stardock Entertainment and is the lead designer of Fallen Enchantress, as well as the creator and designer of the Fall From Heaven series of games. Prior to joining Stardock, he was an external consultant for Civilization IV: Beyond the Sword and contributed to several of Firaxis' games, including Civilization V.


Christopher S. Kowal

VP of Business Development, General Manager

Chris has joined Stardock from the EdgeRunner software publishing unit to lead business development, operations and monetization strategies. He is an organization focused product and marketing executive with over 20 years of broad business leadership experience in the enterprise software, professional services, publishing and customer success industries. Chris was recruited for his industry experience, leadership skills and ability to drive profitable growth with high rates of customer success and reference ability.


Amy Springart

Operations Manager

Amy joined the Stardock team with extensive human resource management experience in diverse corporate settings and industries including manufacturing, healthcare and education services. Her passion for aligning talent and business objectives positions her well as an employee champion and organizational change agent for Stardock. She currently leads operations which includes HR, Finance, Administrative Services and Legal. Her company-wide focus is on increasing productivity and fostering workplace engagement.


Chris Lakatos

Director of Marketing

Chris brings enterprise marketing expertise within the technology industry to Stardock. She joined the team with a distinct viewpoint from years both agency- and corporate-side in product, global and integrative marketing. Chris has worked with some of the largest brands extending across materials and chemistry, high performance computing, mixed reality and software. She currently translates her executive experience at Stardock by leading the marketing team and strategic initiatives which result in revenue generation and position the company as a driver of innovation.


Kris Kwilas

Chief Technologist

Kris Kwilas has extensive experience in project management and in coordinating the efforts of Stardock's dispersed international development team. He has an excellent track record of being able to pull all these developers together and release projects on time and on budget.

Kris Kwilas manages Stardock's technology infrastructure as well as its immense server infrastructure on a day-to-day basis.


Brian Clair

Director of Publishing

A 19-year veteran of the video game industry, Brian spent the first part of his career as the publisher for Adrenaline Vault and was a co-founder of He moved to the development side of the industry when he joined Stardock in 2005 and enjoys being able to contribute to so many different projects. He’s worked with Ironclad Games, Gas Powered Games, Take 2 Interactive, Jack of All Games, Synnex and many other studios as a producer and as Director of Publishing.

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