Gaming industry veteran tapped for incubator top post

Deborah Tillett to run Baltimore's Emerging Technology Center

March 13, 2012|By Gus G. Sentementes, The Baltimore Sun

A veteran video game industry executive in Maryland who has run her own international consulting business will become the new leader of Baltimore's main technology incubator next month.

Deborah Tillett, who worked for Hunt Valley's BreakAway Ltd. and Microprose, among other technology companies, has been picked to run the city's Emerging Technology Center, she confirmed Tuesday by phone. The ETC is a technology startup incubator that has helped launch Baltimore companies since the late 1990s.

Tillett will replace Ann Lansinger, the ETC's president since 1999, in early April. Lansinger, 68, is retiring April 5.

"I am absolutely excited," Tillett said in a brief telephone interview.

Tillett will take over a nonprofit organization whose mission is to facilitate the growth of high-technology companies in Baltimore.

Millennial Media, one of the more successful firms to emerge from the ETC recently, filed for an IPO this year, seeking to raise $75 million to tackle the burgeoning mobile advertising market. The company employs roughly 200 people.

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