Zynga COO Resigns After Duties Are Stripped

John Schappert exits struggling gaming giant

Zynga COO John Schappert has left Zynga six days after getting his game development oversight duties stripped. Schappert joined the San Francisco-based tech company 16 months ago after spending nine years with Electronic Arts.

“John has made significant contributions to the games industry throughout his career and we appreciate all that he has done for [us],” said Zynga chief exec Mark Pincus in a statement emailed to Fortune

The move reflects Pincus' desire to get his five-year-old firm focused on mobile, as last month Zynga reportedly restructured teams, integrating mobile with Web development units. Schappert's departure also comes on the heels of the company's disappointing second quarter earnings report.  

Zynga and Pincus have come under increased Wall Street scrutiny in recent weeks. It didn't help matters when it became known that he dumped his company stock months ago, before its price plummeted to $3 a share.

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