As Blizzard Entertainment, Inc.’s senior vice president of game design, Rob Pardo is dedicated to ensuring that each Blizzard EntertainmentÒ title offers the high-quality entertainment experience that the company has built its reputation on. Leading a group of talented and highly experienced development teams, Pardo supervises the design and implementation of gameplay and story features for every Blizzard game.Pardo has been contributing to the success of Blizzard’s games since 1997, when he joined the company as a designer and strike-team member on the original StarCraftÒ. After being named lead designer on the StarCraft expansion set, StarCraft: Brood War�, Pardo went on to serve in that role for the development of WarcraftÒ III: Reign of Chaos�;its expansion set, Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne�; and also Blizzard’s largest undertaking to date, World of WarcraftÒ. The latest Blizzard title to reach players under his leadership was the World of Warcraft expansion set, The Burning Crusade�. In his current position, Pardo continues to oversee all aspects of game design for World of Warcraft and its upcoming second expansion, Wrath of the Lich King�, as well as Blizzard’s other games in development, including the highly anticipated StarCraft II. Based on the achievements of Blizzard games under his direction, Pardo was recognized by Time Magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the world, and The Wall Street Journal named him as one of the top 25 power players in the game industry. Pardo earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in criminology, law, and society from the University of California, Irvine in 1996.