Zynga Inc (NASDAQ:ZNGA) has been losing its executive fleet forquite some time now, as the game maker is sailing in troubled waters with declining subscribers, revenues, profit, popularity etc. Executives leaving Zynga clearly reflect an age-old saying that no one wants to be on board a drowning ship.
Zynga’s 2013 departures (to date)
Towards the end of July, in 2013, the social game making company ousted three executives with no clear reasons, a decision most probably taken by the CEO Don Mattrick, who is making efforts to restructure the company. The tree executives leaving the company at that time were Chief Operating Officer David KO, Chief People Officer Colleen McCreary, and Chief Technology Officer Cadir Lee. Mattrick said that these executives left Zynga Inc (NASDAQ:ZNGA) to follow other interests.
In April 2013 Dan Porter, head of Zynga’s NYC department, also left the company. Debra Chrapaty, CIO at Zynga left the company in March 2013 to join cloud storage company Nirvanix as CEO of enterprise. In January 2013 Dali Kilani, Director of Engineering at Zynga Inc (NASDAQ:ZNGA), departed from the company to work with Ifeelgoods.
Zynga’s executive departure list for 2012
In October 2012, Zynga Inc (NASDAQ:ZNGA) poker Chief Laurence Tony resigned from the company and went to join MuckerLab, a Los Angeles startup accelerator.
In September last year Chief Security Officer Nils Puhlmann resigned from the company. Puhlmann was with Zynga from 2009. Also, in September, Chief Marketing and Revenue Officer Jeff Karp departed from the company along with Chief Infrastructure Officer, Allan Leinwand
Some of the other executives who left the troubled social game maker last year, are:
Mike Verdu – Chief Creative Officer (Aug.)
Bill Mooney – VP of Studios (Aug.)
Brian Birtwistle – VP of Marketing (Aug.)
John Schappert – Chief Operating Officer; Board of Directors (Aug.)
Allan Patmore – General Manager, CityVille (Aug.)
Erik Bethke – General Manager, Mafia Wars 2 (July)
Ya-Bing Chu – VP, Mobile Division (July)
Jeremy Strauser – Studio General Manager, Slots / Bingo Games (July)
Curtis Lee – Director, Product Management (Mar.)
Manny Anekal – Global Director, Brand Advertising (Mar.)
Michael McCormick – Lead Developer, CityVIlle (Mar.)
While Don Mattrick firmly believes that Zynga Inc (NASDAQ:ZNGA) could retain the number one position; he also accepts that the company is lagging behind companies like Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB), Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) and Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG), no doubt about that.
Don Mattrick recently came out with a new structure and appointed thirteen executives who will report directly to him—it will be interesting to watch if departure trend continues or not.