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Zynga Inc. (Nasdaq: ZNGA) announced that the Company has appointed Gerard Griffin as Chief Financial Officer effective immediately. Griffin will oversee accounting, finance and investor relations, and will report directly to Chief Executive Officer Frank Gibeau.
“Gerard’s 25 years of financial experience and deep understanding of the games, media and technology industries will be instrumental to Zynga,” said Gibeau. “His disciplined financial leadership and approach of working closely with teams to deliver high margin digital revenue, coupled with his ability to navigate business turnarounds, will help put us in a stronger position to achieve long-term growth.”
Griffin, 49, brings to Zynga more than two decades of industry experience in financial and operational management within the gaming, media and technology sectors. Before joining Zynga, Griffin spent more than 10 years at Electronic Arts, Inc., a global leader in digital interactive entertainment. Most recently, he served as Senior Vice President of Finance where he was the finance leader for EA’s Studios, Marketing and Publishing organizations. Before that, he spent more than six years in Geneva, Switzerland as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for EA International. In that role, Griffin oversaw EA’s international finance functions and served as the lead finance partner to EA's Chief Operating Officer and Global Publishing organization.
Prior to joining EA, Griffin held a number of senior finance roles domestically and internationally at technology and media companies, including NBC and Primedia, as well as in public accounting with KPMG.
“I’ve always had a passion for media and entertainment, and I’m incredibly excited by Zynga’s unique ability to connect people around the world through games,” said Griffin. “With a strong portfolio of innovative IP, deep player relationships and incredible talent, the company is well positioned to be a leader in the growing mobile industry. I look forward to partnering collaboratively with Frank and the rest of the team to deliver on Zynga’s potential and long-term value through a player-first approach to building great games.”
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