Don Mattrick has departed Microsoft to serve as the new CEO of Zynga. All Things D reported earlier today that Don Mattrick was leaving Microsoft for a top role at the social games maker, the news has since been confirmed in a memo sent to Zynga employees by founder Mark Pincus.
“Today is a big day. I’m excited to announce that Don Mattrick will be joining us as Zynga’s new CEO and member of our board”, The memo reads, in part. “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,'” the memo continues, “He deeply understands the value of a network and the importance of creating a 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.”
Pincus also mentions that he will continue as Chairman and Chief Product Officer. Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has posted a letter on the company’s website that was sent to employees addressing Mattrick’s exit. “Zynga announced today that Don Mattrick would be its new CEO, effective July 8,” Ballmer’s letter reads, in part. “This is a great opportunity for Don, and I wish him success. Don’s directs will report to me and will continue to drive the day-to-day business as a team, particularly focused on shipping Xbox One this holiday.”