Zynga loses yet another executive

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.

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Latest comments (9)

Bruce Everiss Marketing Consultant 5 years ago
Maybe now is the time to send Zynga my CV.
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Peter Dwyer Games Designer/Developer 5 years ago
Who's still there?

I mean someone needs to turn out the lights don't they...
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Thomas Dolby Project Manager / Lead Programmer, Ai Solve5 years ago
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.
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Peter Ohlmann Technical Director 5 years ago
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.
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Christopher Bowen Editor in Chief, Gaming Bus5 years ago
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.
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Hugo Trepanier Game Designer, Behaviour Interactive5 years ago
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

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David Phan Producer, Relic Entertainment5 years ago
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

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

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Alfonso Sexto Lead Tester, Ubisoft Germany5 years ago
If you want to be a first line witness of a big bubble collapse, be my guess...
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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
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