Zynga Leadership Team
Mark PincusFounder, Chief Product Officer & Chairman of the Board of Directors
Mark Pincus is Founder, Chief Product Officer, and Chairman of the Board of Directors at Zynga, driving the company toward a mission of connecting the world through games.
Pincus founded the company in 2007 and served as its Chief Executive Officer for six years, during which time Zynga pioneered the social gaming industry, helping redefine entertainment and bringing gaming to the mainstream. Since its founding, more than one billion people in 200 countries across web and mobile platforms have played and connected through Zynga games, and franchises including FarmVille and Words With Friends have become a part of people’s daily lives.
In his role as Chief Product Officer, Pincus focuses on turning ideas into transformative product experiences, driving Zynga’s social gaming roadmap, and furthering the company’s goal of delivering players the most social and accessible games wherever and however they play.
Pincus also founded Zynga.org, a nonprofit organization dedicated to using social games for social good that, since 2009, has raised more than $15 million by connecting over 1 million players with more than 50 nonprofit organizations around the world. In 2013, Zynga.org partnered with NewSchools Venture Fund to create an education technology accelerator focused on enhancing the quality and reach of learning games and apps.
Pincus has pursued his passion for creating Internet products since 1995, when he founded FreeLoader, the first web-based push company. Later, he founded Support.com, a pioneer in automating tech support, and took it public. Then, in 2003, he launched Tribe.net, one of the first social networks. Pincus started his career in new media and venture capital before he discovered his calling as a consumer technology entrepreneur.
Pincus also made founding investments in Napster, Twitter and Facebook.
Pincus is married with twin daughters. He graduated summa cum laude from University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business and earned an MBA from Harvard Business School. He is an angel investor in multiple Silicon Valley startups and regularly gives lectures to aspiring entrepreneurs.
Don MattrickChief Executive Officer, Zynga
Don Mattrick is Chief Executive Officer of Zynga, a social game services company headquartered in San Francisco, California. His mandate is to further the company’s mission of connecting the world through games. As an industry-leading executive in entertainment, games, and consumer products, Mattrick has firmly established himself during a 30-year career as a world-class leader of game, platform, and team development.
Before joining Zynga in 2013, Mattrick, 49, spent six years at Microsoft – the last three as President of the Interactive Entertainment Business. He was responsible for leading the team that grew Microsoft’s Xbox 360 global installed base by 700 percent, to nearly 75 million consoles, and Xbox Live membership from 6 million to nearly 50 million subscribers in 41 countries. During his tenure at Microsoft, Mattrick also oversaw businesses and services focused on consumer products, including PC and mobile interactive entertainment and the groundbreaking Kinect entertainment products; the Kinect was released in November 2010 and set a Guinness World Record for the fastest-selling consumer electronic device in its first 60 days. Mattrick is widely recognized for transforming the Microsoft Interactive Entertainment Business from one that was operating at a loss into a sustained and profitable business.
Prior to Microsoft, Mattrick served in several leadership positions at Electronic Arts, most recently as President of Worldwide Studios, in which capacity he oversaw EA's global studios and research & development in several major sites, including Redwood Shores, Calif. (Silicon Valley), Los Angeles, EA Tiburon in Florida, EA Canada in Vancouver, British Columbia, and Montreal, and EA U.K. During his 15-year career at Electronic Arts, Mattrick helped develop and scale the company’s leading global game franchises and brands, including Need for Speed, FIFA, and The Sims.
Mattrick founded his first company, Distinctive Software, at age 17; it was acquired by Electronic Arts in 1991 and subsequently became EA Canada.
Over the years, Mattrick has been broadly recognized for his work in the technology industry. In 2011, he was featured in Fortune Magazine as one of the "Smartest People in Tech,” highlighting his leadership in growing the Xbox business, including the pivotal role he played in driving new consumer innovations such as Kinect; and in May 2012, he was named one of CNN Money’s top 10 “brilliant technology visionaries.”
Raised in Vancouver, British Columbia, Mattrick is married with two children. In acknowledgement of his role in building the interactive entertainment business in Canada and the active development of industry links with the University of British Columbia, Mattrick received the UBC Award as an Honorary Fellow from the Sauder School of Business and was awarded the highest honor Simon Fraser University can bestow, the Doctor of Laws. He has served on several public and private boards, including the advisory board for USC School of Cinematic Arts.
Clive DownieChief Operating Officer, Zynga
Clive Downie is the Chief Operating Officer for Zynga, where he oversees the company’s worldwide operations and execution. Downie has more than 20 years of international experience across console and free-to-play mobile games, and an extensive history leading teams and publishing hit global game franchises and services.
Prior to joining Zynga, Downie held several leadership positions at DeNA Co., Ltd., a global leader in mobile social gaming services. Most recently, he served as Chief Executive Officer of DeNA West, the company’s American and European division. In that role, Downie oversaw the company’s mobile social game platform, Mobage West, and also managed DeNA’s western third-party business and first-party game studios in San Francisco, Vancouver and Chile. Prior to that, Downie was Vice President of Studios, managing DeNA’s internal studios in North America and Europe, and the Vice President of Marketing and Revenue at ngmoco, Inc., a mobile game company acquired by DeNA in October 2010.
Before joining ngmoco, Downie spent more than 15 years at Electronic Arts where he served as Vice President of Marketing, managing some of the world’s most successful game franchises including FIFA Soccer, Need for Speed, Medal of Honor and Command & Conquer. Additionally, Downie held management positions at Mattel, Inc., where he led international marketing and licensing for Hot Wheels Motorsports.
Downie resides in Marin County with his wife and their two sons.
Mark VraneshChief Financial Officer, Zynga
Mark Vranesh is Chief Financial Officer of Zynga. Based in San Francisco, Vranesh leads the company’s finance and accounting organizations.
Prior to Zynga, Vranesh served as the Vice President of Finance and Administration and Corporate Controller of Fortinet, Inc., a publicly traded computer and network security company. Previously, he served in several roles, including Vice President of Finance and Corporate Controller at Support.com, a public online technology support company.
Vranesh became a Certified Public Accountant in California and holds a bachelor's degree from the California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo.
Devang S. ShahGeneral Counsel and Secretary
Devang S. Shah is General Counsel and Secretary for Zynga, where he oversees Zynga’s legal affairs and government relations.
Shah has been with Zynga since 2010, most recently serving as Deputy General Counsel and Vice President, where he was responsible for Zynga’s product compliance, contracts, securities, corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, governmental affairs and international matters. Prior to joining Zynga, Shah worked as General Counsel at UTStarcom, Inc., a telecommunications equipment provider, as Senior Corporate Counsel and Assistant Secretary at Longs Drug Stores Corporation, a retail drug store chain, and as Corporate Counsel at Chiron Corporation, a biotechnology company. He also spent more than five years as a Corporate Associate at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, one of the nation’s leading law firms.
Shah received a bachelor’s degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Cornell University, a master’s degree in Civil Engineering from Stanford University and a J.D. from University of California, Berkeley, Boalt Hall.
Meg MakalouVice President of Human Resources, Zynga
Meg Makalou is Vice President of Human Resources at Zynga. Based San Francisco, Makalou leads all internal staff programs as well as industry and university recruiting efforts with the goal of attracting and retaining world class talent at Zynga.
Prior to joining Zynga, Makalou was Director of Global Human Resources at Openwave Systems, a publicly traded mobile data software development company. She began her career in human resources for startup tech companies in 1999 at eMusic and later at Silicon Genetics, which was acquired by Agilent Technologies.
Makalou holds a bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from McGill University.
Steven ChiangExecutive Vice President of Games, Zynga
Steven Chiang is Executive Vice President of Games at Zynga. Based in San Francisco, Chiang leads the development and growth of Zynga’s invest and express social games across multiple platforms, as well as oversees Zynga’s international and Orlando studios.
While at Zynga, Chiang has led the development of successful franchise games such as FarmVille 2, ChefVille, and Bubble Safari, and has built new studios and teams across the US. He holds more than 20 years of gaming experience in building world-class global entertainment and leading development teams around the world.
Prior to Zynga, Chiang spent 15 years at Electronic Arts where he was most recently the Senior Vice President and Group General Manager for EA SPORTS. Chiang oversaw Madden NFL, one of the bestselling video game franchises of all time. Under his tenure, EA SPORTS developed many of its most popular sports titles including NCAA Football, FIFA Soccer, Tiger Woods PGA Tour, and NHL. Chiang was also a co-founder of Tiburon Entertainment, which was acquired by Electronic Arts in 1998.
Barry CottleExecutive Vice President of Games, Zynga
Barry Cottle is Executive Vice President of Games at Zynga. Based in San Francisco, he is responsible for overseeing Zynga’s social casino franchises. Cottle brings over 20 years of experience in technology, games, and entertainment to his role.
Prior to joining Zynga, Cottle was an Executive Vice President at Electronic Arts, where he oversaw EA's worldwide digital gaming division including mobile, social, and casual online games. Before his time at EA, Cottle held various executive roles, including: CEO of Quickoffice; Chief Internet Officer and COO at Palm Computing, heading up Palm's wireless and content division; Senior Vice President of marketing at Disney Televentures; and CMO of Americast for The Walt Disney Company.
Cottle graduated Summa Cum Laude from Missouri State University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Information Systems Management and Mathematics. He received an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.
Tim LeTourneauSenior Vice President of Games, Zynga
Tim LeTourneau is Senior Vice President of Games at Zynga. Based in San Francisco, LeTourneau leads the development and growth of Zynga’s FarmVille franchise of social games across multiple platforms. He led the development of FarmVille 2 and previously served as Zynga’s Chief Creative Officer.
LeTourneau is a 20+ year veteran of the games industry. Before joining Zynga, LeTourneau served as Vice President and General Manager of The Sims Studio at Electronic Arts (EA). During his time at EA, was involved in the development of multiple Maxis Studio hits including SimCity 3000, The Sims, The Sims 2, and MySims.
Mark SkaggsSenior Vice President of Games, Zynga
Mark Skaggs is Senior Vice President of Games at Zynga, leading the development of new social games across multiple platforms.
An award-winning game maker with a career spanning two decades, four console transitions, and three AIAS awards, Skaggs has established a track record of developing chart-topping games by leading the teams that created FarmVille, CityVille, Treasure Isle, and The Ville for Zynga.
Prior to joining Zynga, Skaggs led the development of games that have sold over 16 million copies at retail, and is known for creating multi-million-selling real-time strategy (RTS) games such as Command and Conquer: Red Alert 2, Command and Conquer: Generals, and Lord of the Rings: Battle for Middle-earth.
Travis BoatmanSenior Vice President of Games, Zynga
Travis Boatman is Senior Vice President of Games at Zynga. Based in San Francisco, Boatman is responsible for leading the development and growth of the With Friends franchise of social games as well as overseeing the Zynga Network.
Boatman has more than 20 years of experience in the videogame industry and has worked across multiple platforms – PC, console, and over 12 years within mobile. Prior to joining Zynga, Boatman grew JAMDAT Mobile Studios from a start-up into a publicly traded global leader that was ultimately acquired by Electronic Arts. He continued as an executive at Electronic Arts leading its global studios, strategic studio acquisitions, and overseeing production of more than 125 mobile titles spanning multiple mainstream genres.
Spanning his career, Boatman has managed and delivered content for multiple platforms. He is a true believer in the future of mobile and has dedicated his career to the global possibilities and freedom of play that the mobile platform provides.
Adam SussmanSenior Vice President of Game Publishing, Zynga
Adam Sussman is Senior Vice President of Game Publishing at Zynga. Based in San Francisco, Sussman is responsible for overseeing strategy, distribution, partner management, marketing, player insights, global sales, and ad monetization.
Sussman has more than 19 years of experience in the interactive and media industries. Prior to Zynga, Sussman was Senior Vice President of Publishing for Disney Interactive where he built a global publishing team to manage gaming properties across multiple platforms. Additionally, Sussman served as Vice President of Worldwide Publishing for Electronic Arts Mobile, leading the global publishing organization to become the No. 1 applications publisher on the Apple App Store. He also held the position of Vice President and GM of 2K West, a division of Take-Two Software, where he managed product development, product marketing, and business development. Prior to Take-Two, he spent six years with Disney's Corporate Strategic Planning Group where he focused on the company's digital initiatives.
Sussman holds a Bachelor of Arts from Harvard College and an MBA from Harvard University Graduate School of Business Administration.
Steve ParkisSenior Vice President of Games, Zynga
Steve Parkis is Senior Vice President of Games at Zynga. Based in San Francisco, Parkis oversees the development and growth of Zynga’s hit FarmVille game, as well as Dojo Mojo, a midcore genre social game. While at Zynga, he has led the development teams of multiple games including CityVille, ChefVille, Bubble Safari, and Solstice Arena.
Parkis has been making and publishing award-winning online games for more than a decade. Prior to joining Zynga, Parkis was Senior Vice President of Disney Online Studios where he led the teams for Disney’s Toontown Online, The Incredibles: Escape from Nomanisan Island, among many others.
Parkis previously worked in the consumer products, theme park development, and finance industries. He holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management and a Bachelor of Arts in Financial Administration from Michigan State University.
Dorion CarrollChief Information Officer & Zynga Fellow
Dorion Carroll is Chief Information Officer and Fellow at Zynga. Based in San Francisco, Dorion oversees Zynga's foundational pillars including zCloud infrastructure and engineering, player advocacy and support, security, IT, as well as central creative, localization, and business services. He is responsible for accelerating Zynga's growth in social gaming through technical innovations and cross-organizational, strategic initiatives that connect Zynga’s players to its games and network as well as to its overall business.
Carroll joined Zynga in 2009 as Studio CTO for Mafia Wars overseeing all technical aspects of game development, management, operations, and architecture for one of Zynga's most valuable franchises. Prior to Zynga, Carroll was VP of Engineering at Technorati, the blog search and social media advertising network, and has held senior management roles at Postini, Excite@Home, Electronic Arts, and Oracle. He is a 25-year engineering veteran with deep experience developing products and services in areas including search, e-commerce, email processing, personalization, ad targeting, CRM, data warehousing, order management and financial services.
Carroll has a Bachelor of Arts from Pitzer College with four years of Mathematics / Computer Science at Harvey Mudd College in Claremont, California.
Nick TornowChief Technology Officer, Zynga
Nick Tornow is Chief Technology Officer at Zynga. Based in San Francisco, Tornow is responsible for setting the strategic direction for the company’s use of technology. He also oversees Zynga’s Research & Development efforts, driving technical innovation for Zynga game development teams.
Tornow joined Zynga in 2008, and previously served as the technical lead for games including Scramble With Friends, Zynga Poker, and CityVille. Prior to joining Zynga, Tornow was a software architect at Support.com.
Tornow holds Bachelor of Science and Master of Engineering degrees in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering, from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.