Mark is an avid fan of all of Zyngaʼs games and the board game The Settlers of Catan.
Founder, Chief Executive Officer & Chief Product Officer
Mark is the founder, CEO and chief product officer of Zynga. He founded the company in 2007 with a mission of connecting the world through games, and in founding zynga.org, he also believes that games can do good
On his way to creating Zynga, Mark started three companies. In 2003, he launched Tribe.net, one of the first social networks. Before that, he founded Support.com, a pioneer in automating tech support, and took it public. In 1995, he launched FreeLoader, the first web-based consumer push company. Mark started his career in new media and venture capital before he discovered his calling as a consumer technology entrepreneur. Mark also made founding investments in Napster, Brightmail, Twitter and Facebook.
Mark 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.
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Chief Technology Officer
Cadir oversees the company’s technology direction. He manages the network, platform, developer experience, advertising and payment teams. Before joining Zynga, he spent 11 years as the CTO of Support.com, an online technology support company he co-founded with Zynga founder Mark Pincus. Prior to that, he spent two years as an engineering consultant for Hewlett Packard. Cadir got his start as an entry-level programmer at SpaceWorks, a technology company in Washington, D.C.
Cadir earned his bachelor’s degree in biology and music and graduated with honors and distinction at Stanford University.
Chief Revenue Officer
As the Chief Revenue Officer of Zynga, Barry Cottle is responsible for corporate and business development, distribution, strategic partnerships, advertising sales and operations, publishing and real money gaming.
Cottle will leverage his deep experience with new technology and entertainment to maximize Zynga's position in the market. Cottle brings over twenty years of experience in technology, games and entertainment to his role at Zynga, building and leading business and corporate initiatives.
Prior to joining Zynga, Cottle was executive vice president of EA Interactive, where he oversaw EA's worldwidedigital gaming group including mobile, social and casual online games. Prior to EA, Cottle held various executive roles, including: CEO of Quickoffice, and Chief Internet Officer and COO at Palm Computing, heading up the Wireless and Content division. He served as SVP 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 B.S. in Information Systems Management and mathematics. He received an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.
Chief People Officer
Colleen brings more than a decade of experience to her role at Zynga where she is responsible for recruiting, retaining, and managing talent and for creating a culture of creativity. She constantly reminds employees, "If you donʼt like it, make it better for everyone else." Prior to Zynga, Colleen spent five years at Electronic Arts where she was the global corporate human resources director and built Electronic Artsʼ first company-wide diversity initiative and university relations program. Before that, Colleen spent seven years at Microsoft as a senior technical recruiter and technical support manager.
Colleen received a bachelorʼs in mass communication and public relations at Boston University and an M.A. in higher education administration at Columbia University.
Chief Financial Officer
As the Chief Financial Officer of Zynga, Mark Vranesh leads the finance and accounting organization. Vranesh joined Zynga in 2008 and has served as the Chief Accounting Officer since 2010.
Prior to Zynga, Vranesh served as the Vice President of Finance and Administration and Corporate Controller of Fortinet, Inc. (NASDAQ:FTNT), a computer and network security company. Previously, he served in several roles, including Vice President Finance and Corporate Controller at Support.com (NASDAQ:SPRT), an 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.
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Chief Operations Officer
As the Chief Operations Officer of Zynga, David Ko is responsible for overseeing all strategy, planning and operations of the company.
Previously, as Chief Mobile Officer, Ko led the company to launch more than 25 new mobile social titles across multiple platforms, including developing With Friends into a popular worldwide franchise of games. He was responsible for building Zynga’s Mobile business to become one of the largest active mobile audiences in the world today.
Before joining Zynga, Ko spent 10 years at Yahoo! in various senior roles, including Senior Vice President of Yahoo!’s Audience, Mobile, and Local businesses. As part of this role, he led all aspects – from strategy to product – of Yahoo!’s mobile business globally, and spearheaded the company’s initiatives in the local space. Prior to this, Ko served as Vice President for Yahoo!’s mobile business in Asia Pacific. Ko began his career as a Senior Associate for Equity Capital Markets at Salomon Smith Barney.
Ko graduated from New York University, Stern School of Business.
Chief Operating Officer
With over 20 years of experience running games and studios of all sizes, John is responsible for the companyʼs day-to-day operations, including Zyngaʼs game studios, mobile division and administrative functions. Before joining Zynga, John was chief operating officer of Electronic Arts, responsible for Worldwide Publishing, the Online Platform Group, EA Interactive, Central Development services, and other divisions of the company. Prior to EA, John worked at Microsoft as corporate vice president and led the LIVE, Software, and Services division of the Interactive Entertainment business, where he oversaw Xbox LIVE and Xbox software (Microsoft Games Studios, Games for Windows). Before joining Microsoft, John worked in various executive positions at Electronic Arts from vice president in 1998 (joining through the acquisition of Tiburon Entertainment, a company he co-founded in 1994) to executive vice president in 2007.
Chief Creative Officer
As a 19-year veteran of the gaming industry, Mike leads the game studios for FarmVille, Mafia Wars, Café World, and Zynga Poker, as well as the companyʼs new Baltimore and Los Angeles studios. Mike is incredibly passionate about bringing interactive entertainment to the broadest audience and connecting the world through games. He has key credits on video games that have sold more than 20 million copies. Prior to joining Zynga, Mike was the general manager of EA Los Angeles where he managed three major franchises: Command & Conquer, Medal of Honor and The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-earth. Mike also served as a co-studio head at Atari and co-founder and CEO of Legend Entertainment Company. Mike attended Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute where he studied computer science.
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Chief Business Officer
Owen Van Natta is responsible for the company's revenue strategy, corporate development, international expansion, and brand. Prior to joining Zynga, Owen was consulting for the company across a number of critical business functions. Owen is also a member of the Zynga Board of Directors.
Most recently, Van Natta served as chief executive officer of MySpace where he was responsible for all aspects of the companyʼs strategic vision and the execution of its global business initiatives. Owen joined the MySpace team after serving as chief executive officer of Project Playlist, a music sharing website allowing users to search for music, create custom playlists, and share the content with friends. Prior to Project Playlist, Van Natta was the chief operating officer at Facebook, where he focused on revenue operations, business development, and strategic partnerships.
Earlier in his career, Owen was vice president of worldwide business and corporate development at Amazon.com, where he managed global marketing programs and strategic partnerships. He was part of the founding team of A9.com, the Amazon.com search company, and was responsible for site operations and sponsored-link advertising. Owen holds a bachelorʼs degree from the University of California at Santa Cruz.
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Reggie is responsible for all aspects of the companyʼs legal affairs and corporate counsel. Prior to Zynga, Reggie spent 9 1⁄2 years at Yahoo! where he served as an associate general counsel and led operations teams in the companyʼs display and search listings marketplace. He worked closely on Yahoo!ʼs quality and security initiatives, such as click fraud litigation, and contributed to founding the companyʼs first information security committee. Reggie spent ten years as a partner at Hancock Rothert & Bunshoft (now Duane Morris LLP). Reggie received his bachelorʼs degree in European history and sociology with honors from Harvard University and a J.D. from Tulane University Law School.
President of Games
As the President of Games at Zynga, Steven Chiang oversees all games and new IP development across web and mobile.
Chiang led the development of Bubble Safari, ChefVille and FarmVille 2, three of the top social games in 2012, and built new studios and teams throughout North America. He brings 20 years of gaming experience to his role at Zynga, as a leader 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 all-time 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.
Chiang graduated from Columbia University with a degree in electrical engineering.
Chief Marketing and Revenue Officer
Jeff is responsible for managing and driving Zyngaʼs marketing, revenue, and international sales, focusing on the growth of Zyngaʼs brand and business. Jeff brings over 16 years of experience; prior to Zynga, Jeff served in various roles at Electronic Arts, most recently as EVP of EAʼs Play label. Jeff has served in other executive roles across various industries, including CEO of MEVIO, a digital media entertainment network and VP of marketing for Wilson Sporting Goods. Jeff received a B.S. in business from Arizona State University.