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  1. Brad Wardell

    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

  2. Derek Paxton

    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.

  3. Christopher S. Kowal

    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.

  4. Amy Springart

    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.

  5. Kris Kwilas

    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.

  6. Brian Clair

    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.