Derek comes to Rocket Fuel with more than 15 years experience in “people,” also known as human resources.
He came from electronic games development company Kabam, where he worked as chief people officer. His oversight of the talent acquisition and growth management efforts saw the employee base grow 200% during his first year. He was also responsible for Kabam’s global systems and frameworks implementation, and he built the company’s talent system infrastructure.
Before joining Kabam, Derek served as vice president human resources for electronic games maker Electronic Arts (EA), where he worked for more than four years as vice president, human resources. He worked with two divisions of EA: as head of corporate HR for Bioware (acquired by EA) and head of label HR for EA Sports.
Prior to EA, Derek worked for four years as director, HR global programs for Corel Corporation. Before joining Corel, he was senior compensation and benefits advisor at Alcatel/Lucent.
Derek has a BA in psychology for the University of Ottawa, a graduate diploma with honors in human resources from Humber College, and an executive MBA from Athabasca University.