Zynga has revealed that Clive Downie will become the company’s chief operating officer effective November 4th.
Downie has previously served as CEO of mobile game company DeNA, and before that served as vice president of marketing at Electronic Arts for more than 15 years. While at EA, Downie managed several major franchises including FIFA, Need for Speed, Medal of Honor and Command & Conquer.
“Zynga challenged the status quo of entertainment and changed the game for our industry by bringing free, highly social games to mainstream audiences around the world,” Downie said. “I joined Zynga because I believe it has the ability to unlock disruptive new ideas that span gaming genres, markets and services. Zynga’s uniquely positioned inside a growing market to deliver consumers around the world an entertainment experience as beloved as their favorite TV show, movie or music.”
Clive Downie will report directly to Don Mattrick, who was appointed as Zynga CEO in June after departing Microsoft.
“I enjoyed my prior experiences working with Clive at Electronic Arts and have appreciated what he accomplished in the past five years at DeNA,” Mattrick said, in part. “As we build new leadership capabilities and focus the company on long term growth, Clive’s customer-centric point of view and proven track record will be invaluable to Zynga’s future.”