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[November 14, 2012]
Zynga CFO going to Facebook
Nov 14, 2012 (TELECOMWORLDWIRE via COMTEX) -- Zynga Inc. (NASDAQ: ZNGA) has named Mark Vranesh, chief accounting officer, to become chief financial officer, succeeding David Wehner, who is leaving the company to pursue a senior finance position at Facebook, Inc. (NASDAQ: FB) The company also announced that David Ko, previously chief mobile officer, has been appointed chief operations officer; Barry Cottle, previously executive vice president, business and corporate development, has been appointed chief revenue officer; and Steven Chiang, previously executive vice president of games, has been appointed president of games.
Vranesh previously served as the CFO of Zynga from May 2008 until August 2010. Since August 2010, he has served as the company's chief accounting officer. Before joining Zynga, Vranesh served as the vice president of finance and administration and corporate controller of Fortinet, Inc., a computer and network security company. Prior to that position, he held finance roles of increasing responsibility, including vice president of finance, at Support.com, Inc., an online technology support company.
In his new position as chief operations officer, Ko will oversee strategy planning, international, infrastructure and operations of the company. Since joining the company in 2010, Ko scaled Zynga's mobile organization, grew the company's portfolio by 25 new games and helped unite game development teams on cross platform efforts. Prior to joining Zynga, Ko was senior vice president of Yahoo!'s audience, mobile and local businesses and also served as vice president for Yahoo! s mobile business in Asia Pacific.
Cottle is being named chief revenue officer and will be responsible for corporate and business development, distribution, strategic partnerships, advertising sales and operations, publishing and real money gaming. Before joining Zynga, Cottle was executive vice president of EA Interactive, where he was responsible for digital gaming properties including mobile, social and casual online games. Previously, he held executive roles at The Walt Disney company, Quickoffice Inc. and Palm Computing Inc.
Chiang is being named president of games where he will oversee all games and new IP development across web and mobile. Chiang has nearly 20 years of gaming experience and at Zynga has overseen the building and scaling of teams around game development and studio operations. Before joining Zynga, he was senior vice president and group general manager for EA Sports at Electronic Arts. During his tenure at Electronic Arts, Chiang oversaw Madden NFL and helped develop NCAA Football, FIFA Soccer, NBA LIVE and NHL.
Zynga Inc. is the world's provider of social game services with approximately 311 million monthly active users playing its games.
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