WizKids announced the hiring of Zev Shlasinger as head of the company’s expanded board game operation.

Shlasinger is the founder of Z-Man Games. The company was founded in 1999 and published original and licensed games for 12 years before Shlasinger sold it to Fliosofia Editions in 2011 (see “Canadian Company Buys Z-Man Games”). Shlasinger stayed with the company, acquiring and developing games until last month (see “Zev Shlasinger Exiting Z-Man”).

“We’re excited to have Zev join the WizKids team. I’ve known Zev for years and always had my eye on him for a position with the company,” said Justin Ziran, president of WizKids. “Zev’s track record of success and his entrepreneurial spirit make him a natural fit with the team and we look forward to expanding our innovative board game offerings in new and unique ways.”

“I plan to continue to bring original and unique ideas to market with the help of the WizKids team,” said Shlasinger. “They are very serious about building a board game business and are not afraid of good, fun, original ideas. In addition, WizKids has an amazing portfolio of licensed properties to enhance their board game presence in the industry. I think our combined qualities make a formidable team.”