Laird M Malamed
Head of CORE Ops and GM Seattle, Oculus
Laird M Malamed is Head of CORE Ops and GM Seattle for Oculus, the leader in virtual reality and a 2014 acquisition of Facebook. Joining as COO and the 15th employee, Malamed led the finance and manufacturing operations for the start-up. He oversaw the acquisition and integration by Facebook and growth from a dozen to over 1000 people.
Prior to Oculus, Malamed was Sr. Vice President and Head of Development at Activision Blizzard overseeing software, hardware and manufacturing for products such as Guitar Hero, Call of Duty and Skylanders. Laird held a variety of roles at Activision during his 16+ year tenure including key positions in Activision’s internal studios, marketing and its European studios.
Before joining Activision, Laird worked as a Sound Editor at Sony Pictures Entertainment in Culver City, CA and at LucasFilm Ltd. in Nicasio, CA. He has worked on a variety of film and television properties including The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles, Party of Five, Curse of the Starving Class and Clear and Present Danger.
Laird won a Motion Picture’s Sound Editor’s nomination for his work on Menendez: A Killing in Beverly Hills and an Emmy Certificate for his work on the “Somme” episode of The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles. He is a member of the Television Academy and served on the Board of the Interactive Academy from 2001 - 2003.
Laird earned a joint Bachelor of Science degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Aeronautical & Astronautical Engineering and Film & Media Studies. He received a masters of arts in film/TV production from the School of Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California. He currently holds a part time faculty position in that school’s interactive media department.
He is a trustee of the California Science Center (home of the space shuttle orbiter Endeavour). He sits on the MIT Council of the Arts and CDC, and represents alumni on the USC Cinematic Arts Alumni Development Council.
An avid marathon runner, Malamed occasionally publishes a blog on running at www.runlairdrun.com. He can also be heard talking about film music on the podcasts The IndyCast and BondCast. He resides in the Seattle area with his wife Rebecca.