Mattrick left Microsoft for Zynga to be its new CEO as well sit on Zynga’s board of directors. He will start working for Zynga June 8, 2013.
Zynga’s founder, Mark Pincus said “Don is unique in the game business, he can execute in multiple domains, hardware, software, and network and he’s been the person responsible for game franchises like ‘Need for Speed,’ ‘FIFA’ and ‘The Sims.’ He’s one of the top executives in the overall entertainment business and he’s a great coach who has inspired people to do their best work and build strong, productive teams. He deeply understands the value of a network and the importance of creating lifelong consumer relationships. He turned Xbox into the world’s largest console-gaming network, growing its installed base from 10 to 80 million and transformed that business from deep losses to substantial profits. And he has grown the Xbox Live player network from 6 to 50 million active members in 41 countries.”
“I joined Zynga because I believe that Mark’s pioneering vision and mission to connect the world through games is just getting started, Zynga is a great business that has yet to realize its full potential. I’m proud to partners with Mark to deliver high- quality, fin, social games wherever people want to play,” said Mattrick.