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Zynga loses yet another executive

Zynga loses yet another executive

Mon 10 Sep 2012 6:48am GMT / 2:48am EDT / 11:48pm PDT
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CTO of infrastructure responsible for Z-cloud leaves the company

One of the key people behind the creation of Zynga's Z-cloud architecture, Allan Leinwand, has left Zynga to become vie president and chief technical officer of Platform Development at ServiceNow, a provider of cloud-based services.

This information comes by way of Leinwand's LinkedIn profile, which indicates he left Zynga as of this month. This latest executive loss comes after a series of other Zynga execs have left the company in recent months.

Leinwand's work driving the creation of Z-cloud resulted in Zynga being able to shift some 80 per cent of its operations from Amazon Web Services to its own architecture. However, the Z-cloud has been up and running for some time, and Leinwand may have felt that it was time to seek other challenges. Zynga's stock remaining at the $3 mark, with no immediate signs of a resurgence, may also have been a factor.

9 Comments

Bruce Everiss Marketing Consultant

1,692 594 0.4
Maybe now is the time to send Zynga my CV.

Posted:2 years ago

#1

Peter Dwyer Games Designer/Developer

482 293 0.6
Who's still there?

I mean someone needs to turn out the lights don't they...

Posted:2 years ago

#2

Thomas Dolby Project Manager / Lead Programmer, Ai Solve

342 293 0.9
Things are definitely not looking good. One of the worst problems a company can have is brain drain. A lot of key talent is leaving, and I'm not seeing any brighter minds popping up to replace them.

Posted:2 years ago

#3

Peter Ohlmann Technical Director

22 6 0.3
They joined Zynga because of money and they left Zynga because of money. But that's your own philosophy, Mr. Pincus - it's all for the money.

Posted:2 years ago

#4

Christopher Bowen Editor in Chief, Gaming Bus

459 738 1.6
This is what happens when you hire rats to run your company; when the ship starts taking on water, they're the first ones off. Live by the corporate espionage, die by it.

Posted:2 years ago

#5

Hugo Trepanier Senior UI Designer, Hibernum

156 144 0.9
Nowadays, I keep hearing Queen's "Another One Bites the Dust" whenever I see yet another Zynga headline about an exec leaving. They should make it their theme song!

Also, Bruce, Zynga would never hire you. Why would they pay you any money for work you already do for them for free? ;)

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Hugo Trepanier on 10th September 2012 6:25pm

Posted:2 years ago

#6

David Phan Co-Founder & President, Little Hero Games Inc.

10 3 0.3
When leaders and top-talent at the executive level start abandoning ship in these kinds of numbers, it's because they've generally seen the writing on the wall that the guys & gals in the trenches don't get to see until it's too late. They clearly know what's up and pull that rip-cord accordingly.

Update @ 2:26pm PST: Jeff Karp, Zynga's head Marketing and Revenue Office stepping down from Zynga
http://www.insidesocialgames.com/2012/09/10/jeff-karp-stepping-down-from-zynga/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+InsideSocialGames+%28Inside+Social+Games%29

Edited 1 times. Last edit by David Phan on 10th September 2012 10:26pm

Posted:2 years ago

#7

Alfonso Sexto Lead Tester, Ubisoft Germany

837 671 0.8
If you want to be a first line witness of a big bubble collapse, be my guess...

Posted:2 years ago

#8
Sometimes I see the rapid seismic shift of the current 2011-2012 gaming landscape akin to the wild wild west gold rush. However the more things change, the more traditional solid good value of how to run a strong business remain the same I suspect vs flash in the pan approaches

Posted:2 years ago

#9

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