Zynga Leadership Team
Founder, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Directors
Mark Pincus is the Founder, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Directors at Zynga.
Pincus founded Zynga in 2007 and pioneered the social gaming industry, helping redefine entertainment and bring gaming to the mainstream. Since its founding, more than one billion people around the world have played and connected through Zynga games, and franchises including FarmVille and Words With Friends have become a part of people’s daily lives.
Pincus also founded Zynga.org in 2009, a nonprofit organization dedicated to using social games for social good. To-date, Zynga.org has raised more than $20 million by connecting millions of players with more than 50 nonprofit organizations around the world. In 2013, Zynga.org partnered with NewSchools Venture Fund to create co.lab, 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 most recently founded superlabs in 2014, a San Francisco-based product lab focused on developing products that connect and empower people.
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 made founding investments in Napster, Twitter and Facebook.
Chief Financial Officer
David Lee is the Chief Financial Officer of Zynga, where he leads the company’s finance, accounting, and corporate development operations.
He brings with him 20 years of experience across retail and consumer industries, with a successful track record of helping drive business transformations, organizational effectiveness and increasing shareholder value.
Prior to Zynga, Lee served as the Senior Vice President of Enterprise Finance for Best Buy, where he was responsible for leading the company’s corporate strategy, financial planning and analysis and treasury teams. Before joining Best Buy, Lee spent more than eight years at Del Monte Foods where he held several leadership positions across finance and general management including Senior Vice President of Strategy, where he oversaw corporate strategy, mergers and acquisitions, transformation and corporate affairs; Senior Vice President of Consumer Products, Vice President of Strategic Planning and Business Development, Vice President of Finance for Consumer Products and Vice President of Sales FP&A. During this time, Del Monte Foods rapidly transformed and ultimately delivered significant shareholder value to its public investors in the sale of the company to private equity.
Before Del Monte Foods, Lee served as the Director of Strategic Planning at PG&E Corporation for three years, where he helped lead the company’s successful corporate restructuring and turnaround out of bankruptcy. He also spent time creating and implementing consumer growth plans at the Leo Burnett Company, McKinsey & Company, Enterprise Venture Capital and Pacific Venture Capital.
David received his MBA from the University of Chicago, a BA from Harvard College and is a NetKAL Fellow. He resides in Hillsborough, California with his wife and two daughters.
CEO of NaturalMotion
Torsten Reil is cofounder and CEO of NaturalMotion, which was acquired by Zynga in January 2014.
Prior to founding NaturalMotion in 2001, Reil was researching for a PhD in Complex Systems at Oxford University where he developed computer simulations of nervous systems based on genetic algorithms. NaturalMotion has developed motion simulation programs like Euphoria and Morpheme – ground-breaking middleware designed to drastically cut the time and expense of game development, while allowing game characters to dynamically synthesize motion in response to events around them, creating a more immersive and emotive consumer experience. Euphoria has been used in numerous Triple-A titles including Star Wars: The Force Unleashed, Max Payne 3, Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II, Grand Theft Auto V, BioShock Infinite and Red Dead Redemption. Additionally, NaturalMotion’s Endorphin animation toolkit has been used is several major motions pictures, including Lord of the Rings, Troy and Poseidon.
NaturalMotion has also developed several hit mobile games for iOS and Android for its Racing franchise with CSR Racing, which has achieved top of the chart status in more than 20 countries across paid and free Apple iOS charts; and its People franchise including Clumsy Ninja, which garnered 10 million downloads during the first week of its launch in November 2013 and became the #1 free game in the Apple App Store.
Reil holds a BA in Biology from Oxford University and a Masters in Science in Evolutionary and Adaptive Systems from Sussex University. He has been named one of MIT’s TR-100 global top innovators, Next-Gen’s Top 25 People in the Games Industry, and Develop Magazine’s 25 Game Changers.
Devang S. Shah
General 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.
Chief Communications Officer
Dani Dudeck serves as Zynga's Chief Communications Officer. In this role, Dani manages all external and internal communication strategy, media relations and crisis communications across four key verticals of Corporate Communications, Product PR, Global Thought Leadership and Culture.
As the senior leader of the communications discipline for Zynga and NaturalMotion, Dani has overseen key internal and external communications initiatives including all new game launches and game franchise PR across FarmVille, Words With Friends and Zynga Casino. On the Corporate Communications front, Dani oversaw the communications strategy behind the company’s initial public offering in December of 2012 and is working closely with the leadership team to create a holistic communications and culture approach as the company transitions its business.
Prior to joining Zynga, Dani worked at News Corp as MySpace’s vice president of global corporate communications where she oversaw the company’s in-house communications team, the company's global PR agencies as well as communications efforts across consumer, technology, product and corporate issues management. Dani joined MySpace in 2006 as the company’s director of corporate communications. In that time, Dani directed the communications strategy for company-wide initiatives including the launch of MySpace Music, MySpace Video and MySpace Celebrity. Dani led the company’s global communications staff on projects that included the 2009 MySpace/ MTV Presidential Dialogues which featured Barack Obama and various international company launches such as MySpace China, Japan, India, and Korea.
Dani earned a dual Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Relations and French language from the University of Southern California. She currently resides in San Francisco with her husband.