Ex-EA mobile exec, Frank Gibeau has been appointed as CEO of Zynga by founder Mark Pincus.
In an email to Zynga employees, Mark Pincus, who has been acting as CEO since Don Mattrick left, wrote
Frank has a history of developing strong teams and shipping market leading games. He is a seasoned leader with the experience to quickly navigate the kinds of challenges we face on a weekly basis. He has a proven 25-year track record having helped architect the successful turnaround of Electronic Arts as the President of EA Labels and more recently navigating the company’s platform transition efforts as EVP of EA Mobile. In our industry he’s known for driving operational excellence and leading winning teams on both the publishing and studio side of the gaming business.
Frank Gibeau explained that his new role wouldn’t mean a significant shift in the company strategy as the social giant attempts to transition to a larger mobile presence.
We will continue to invest in our talent and build on our empowered, entrepreneurial culture. As important, we must commit to a new level of operational excellence with focused execution, engineered hits and strong cost discipline. I’m excited to get started and expect a seamless transition given the progress we’ve made together over the past seven months. I’m encouraged by our early momentum and look forward to partnering with our teams to build on the progress we’re seeing across the company.
Gibeau joined Zynga back in August 2015 and has been on the company board of directors. Pincus will remain with the company as Executive Chairman working with a small number of teams.