iPhone game maker Ngmoco taps former Sega president

Ngmoco, publisher of hit games for the iPhone and iPod touch, has named Simon Jeffrey to the post of Chief Publishing Officer for its newly created Plus+ Publishing group.

Ngmoco’s catalog of titles include games like Rolando, Star Defense, Dropship, Topple, Word Fu and more. The company has emerged as one of the leading new brands created in the wake of the launch of the App Store. Ngmoco was founded by former Electronic Arts (EA) exec Neil Young.

Jeffery previous was president and chief operating officer of Sega of America, where he oversaw publishing and product development activities. Prior to that, Jeffery was president and COO of LucasArts. All told, he has 22 years of experience in the game industry.

Plus+ Publishing is a new initiative from Ngmoco recently intimated by Young during a presentation at Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC). It leverages social networking capabilities that Apple has created for iPhone OS 3.0, which will be released to the public on Wednesday. More details about the new Plus+ Network are expected to emerge over the summer.

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