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Improbable welcomes Aaron Kornblum as new General Counsel

21 April 2020

Improbable welcomes Aaron Kornblum as new General Counsel

We’re delighted to announce that Aaron Kornblum has joined Improbable’s senior leadership as General Counsel and will be responsible for leading our legal team, reporting to and advising our Chief Executive Officer, Herman Narula.

Aaron joins Improbable from Bungie, the independent video games company which created the genre-defining Halo and Destiny franchises, where he served as General Counsel since 2018, guiding legal affairs and opening up new opportunities for their games and intellectual property. He was a key figure in the negotiation with Activision that gave Bungie control over both the intellectual property and publishing rights of the Destiny franchise.

Aaron’s appointment continues our process of strengthening our senior team with the skills and experience that will enable us to capitalise on opportunities and drive success as we grow. We are taking the time to find and hire the right people, to support Improbable’s journey from a startup with an exciting vision to a successful company with the strength and leadership to fulfil its mission to offer an innovative, end-to-end resource for multiplayer game development and simulation for training, planning and decision support in a rapidly changing world.

Aaron brings more than two decades of legal experience across the video games, defence and enterprise software fields, complementing Improbable’s interests in applying the leading edge of computer science and software engineering to multiplayer games and defence and security applications.

Aaron moved to Bungie after a 14-year career at Microsoft, where he held legal and security engineering leadership roles for Xbox and Windows, as well as leading the Internet Safety Enforcement Team pursuing global cybercriminals.

Aaron started his legal career in the United States Air Force Judge Advocate General’s Corps (“JAG”), serving as a military prosecutor and trial defense counsel at bases in the United States, Europe, and Southwest Asia. Following his military service, Aaron concentrated on commercial transactions and litigation with the Seattle law firm of Graham & Dunn PC.

Aaron holds a Bachelor of Arts from Princeton University and a Juris Doctor from the University of Wisconsin School of Law. He has been certified as an Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) since 2012.

We’re delighted to welcome Aaron to the Improbable team, joining other senior hires including our new Chief Financial Officer, Dan Odell, and Chief Technology Officer Lincoln Wallen. We’d also like to thank Mark Shepherd of Purewal and Partners, who has supported Improbable and led our legal team while we searched for the right skills and experience in our in-house General Counsel.

Welcome, Aaron!