Zynga reveals revised executive leadership team, promoted from within

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By Mike Thompson

Zynga today announced a slew of changes to the company’s executive team, following a number of high-profile departures earlier this year.

Today’s reveal features four high-profile changes to the company’s leadership team:

  • David Ko is the company’s new Chief Operations Officer. Ko used to be the Chief Mobile Officer of the company, but took on extra duties and was reporting directly to CEO Mark Pincus following John Schappert’s high-profile resignation.
  • Steve Chiang is now President of Games. Chiang was the company’s Executive Vice President of Games but was working with Ko to help manage things after Schappert. Chiang’s duties will now include overseeing all new IP on both web and mobile platforms.
  • Barry Cottle is the new Chief Revenue Officer, replacing Jeff Karp. Cottle joined the company in January from EA and was on the company’s business development team before this.
  • Mark Vranesh is the new Chief Financial Officer and will continue to serve as Chief Accounting Officer. Vranesh has been with Zynga for quite some time, even serving as CFO from 2008 to 2010. He was replaced as CFO by Dave Wehner, who just left Zynga to become Facebook’s┬áVP of Corporate Finance & Business Planning.
Zynga also reaffirmed its 2012 financial outlook from it Q3 2012 financial results. At that time, Zynga lowered its 2012 guidance due to the quarter’s performance, dropping its projected bookings to $1 billion to $1.1 billion, down $500 million from the company’s original guidance stated in Q1 2012.