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Zynga CEO to earn over $57 million this year

Don Mattrick is the second-highest paid CEO of all the companies in the Bay Area

Zynga's shares have been trading down 21 percent in the last six months, but as noted by CNBC, that didn't seem to have any impact on the company's board approving a very lucrative package for CEO Don Mattrick. The executive's pay this year is worth $57,814,391, and that makes Mattrick the second-highest paid CEO in the entire Bay Area behind Oracle boss Larry Ellison.

While Zynga has had a hard time catching up in the mobile space, and Mattrick admitted recently that his company left the "lunchbox unattended" for rival Supercell, the chief executive has made a ton of changes to the management team since he was brought on board to replace Mark Pincus in day-to-day responsibilities. With the departures earlier this month of Travis Boatman, Terence Fung and Steven Chiang, Pincus has now essentially remade the entire team underneath him. He also oversaw the much praised acquisition of the talented developer NaturalMotion (CSR Racing, Clumsy Ninja), which should give Zynga a leg up in the mobile space going forward.

Zynga still has plenty of critics, and for good reason. While the company's market cap is $2.8 billion, Zynga unfortunately has reported falling revenue for several quarters now. And despite the NaturalMotion buyout, it'll be some time before Zynga can level the playing field with companies like Supercell.

"Zynga is behind the curve on mobile, and they've got a long way to go before they catch up to King Digital, Supercell or even Electronic Arts mobile efforts. The company is betting big on the FarmVille 2 mobile game, but it hasn't been a home run," commented Adam Krejcik, managing director at Eilers Research.

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Steve Wetz Reviewer/Assistant Editor, Gamer's Glance2 years ago
If I was a Zynga shareholder (and I'm not, because I like money) I would be pretty upset about this. As it is I am not wholly surprised. Zynga has already shown itself to be a company which runs itself very poorly - deciding to overpay its chief executive for diving stock prices (particularly in the last few months) seems par for the course.
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Andrew Goodchild Studying development, Train2Game2 years ago
If in a few years he turned the company back around, and was rewarded as such, that might make sense. At the moment the only visible results are hyperbole about how amazing Zynga will be when he's finished.

Of course, if most of it is stock and stock options, it may be worth considerably less soon if they don't pull something out of the hat. Maybe he can work some of that magic he demonstrated with his handling of the original Xbone strategy.
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Richard Gardner Artist, Crytek2 years ago
I find it shocking and difficult to comprehend just how and why someone can be paid that amount of money in a single year.
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Aleksi Ranta Product Manager - Hardware 2 years ago
@Richard Indeed, what happened to pay being related to services rendered and not like it is today "for services and value you might render to company x in the future (and if for some reason all goes to shit, you will still be paid an insane amount of money + we will ofcourse thank you for your efforts with an extra injection of an insane pile of money AND we will let you go with a public thank you as a bonus)
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I am not sure what Zynga even do these days
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Raymond Goldsmith Chairman & CEO, ISM2 years ago
They don't pay people anymore by delivering profit and results, it's all based on ego !!!
And on that score CEO Mattrick isn't paid nearly enough !!
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