Zynga Leadership Team
Chief Executive Officer
Don Mattrick is Chief Executive Officer of Zynga, a social game services company headquartered in San Francisco, California.
Before joining Zynga in 2013, Mattrick, spent six years at Microsoft – the last three as President of the Interactive Entertainment Business. During his tenure at Microsoft, Mattrick also oversaw businesses and services focused on consumer products, including PC and mobile interactive entertainment and the groundbreaking Kinect entertainment products.
Prior to Microsoft, Mattrick served in several leadership positions at Electronic Arts, most recently as President of Worldwide Studios, in which capacity he oversaw EA's global studios and research & development. During his 15-year career at Electronic Arts, Mattrick helped develop and scale the company’s leading global game franchises and brands, including Need for Speed, FIFA, Harry Potter and The Sims.
Mattrick founded his first company, Distinctive Software, at age 17; it was acquired by Electronic Arts in 1991 and subsequently became EA Canada. Raised in Vancouver, British Columbia, Mattrick is married with two children. He has served on several public and private boards, including the advisory board for USC School of Cinematic Arts.
Chief Financial Officer and Chief Accounting Officer
David Lee is the Chief Financial Officer and Chief Accounting Officer of Zynga, where he leads the company’s finance, accounting, corporate development and human resources organizations.
He brings with him 20 years of experience across retail and consumer industries, with a successful track record of helping drive business transformations, organizational effectiveness and increasing shareholder value.
Prior to Zynga, Lee served as the Senior Vice President of Enterprise Finance for Best Buy, where he was responsible for leading the company’s corporate strategy, financial planning and analysis and treasury teams. Before joining Best Buy, Lee spent more than eight years at Del Monte Foods where he held several leadership positions across finance and general management including Senior Vice President of Strategy, where he oversaw corporate strategy, mergers and acquisitions, transformation and corporate affairs; Senior Vice President of Consumer Products, Vice President of Strategic Planning and Business Development, Vice President of Finance for Consumer Products and Vice President of Sales FP&A. During this time, Del Monte Foods rapidly transformed and ultimately delivered significant shareholder value to its public investors in the sale of the company to private equity.
Before Del Monte Foods, Lee served as the Director of Strategic Planning at PG&E Corporation for three years, where he helped lead the company’s successful corporate restructuring and turnaround out of bankruptcy. He also spent time creating and implementing consumer growth plans at the Leo Burnett Company, McKinsey & Company, Enterprise Venture Capital and Pacific Venture Capital.
David received his MBA from the University of Chicago, a BA from Harvard College and is a NetKAL Fellow. He resides in Hillsborough, California with his wife and two daughters.
Chief Operating Officer
Clive Downie is the Chief Operating Officer for Zynga, where he oversees the company’s worldwide operations and execution. Downie has more than 20 years of international experience across console and free-to-play mobile games, and an extensive history leading teams and publishing hit global game franchises and services.
Prior to joining Zynga, Downie held several leadership positions at DeNA Co., Ltd., a global leader in mobile social gaming services. Most recently, he served as Chief Executive Officer of DeNA West, the company’s American and European division. In that role, Downie oversaw the company’s mobile social game platform, Mobage West, and also managed DeNA’s western third-party business and first-party game studios in San Francisco, Vancouver and Chile. Prior to that, Downie was Vice President of Studios, managing DeNA’s internal studios in North America and Europe, and the Vice President of Marketing and Revenue at ngmoco, Inc., a mobile game company acquired by DeNA in October 2010.
Before joining ngmoco, Downie spent more than 15 years at Electronic Arts where he served as Vice President of Marketing, managing some of the world’s most successful game franchises including FIFA Soccer, Need for Speed, Medal of Honor and Command & Conquer. Additionally, Downie held management positions at Mattel, Inc., where he led international marketing and licensing for Hot Wheels Motorsports.
Downie resides in Marin County with his wife and their two sons.
President of Zynga Studios
Alex Garden is the President of Zynga Studios. He brings with him more than two decades of entertainment industry experience, and a history of leading teams and architecting consumer experiences across video, music, free-to-play and console games.
Before joining Zynga, Garden spent time at Microsoft Corp., where he most recently served as General Manager of Xbox Music, Video and Reading. In that role, Garden managed 600 employees in Seattle and Paris and was responsible for the strategic product development, engineering and direction of Microsoft’s first-party entertainment content storefronts. Prior to that, Garden was the General Manager of Xbox LIVE, helping it scale to 41 countries and tens of millions of subscribers with a world-class content library featuring partners like HBO, Netflix and ESPN.
Prior to joining Microsoft, Garden was at Nexon Co. Ltd., a South Korean developer and publisher of video games, where he served as Chief Executive Officer of Nexon Publishing North America, the company’s North American game development unit. Before Nexon, Garden founded and served as CEO of iValet Systems, Inc., a self-funded startup focused on Parking Administration Systems in Vancouver.
In 1997, Garden founded Vancouver-based game developer Relic Entertainment. Under Garden’s leadership, the company launched nearly a dozen games including Homeworld, which was released in 1999 and was named “Game of the Year” by CNN and PC-Gamer. Before starting Relic Entertainment, Garden worked as a tester and a software engineer at some of the world’s leading game developers, including Electronic Arts and Radical Entertainment.
Garden began his career in the video game industry at age 16 working as a game tester for Vancouver-based Distinctive Software Inc., which was founded by Zynga CEO Don Mattrick in 1982.
CEO of NaturalMotion
Torsten Reil is cofounder and CEO of NaturalMotion, which was acquired by Zynga in January 2014.
Prior to founding NaturalMotion in 2001, Reil was researching for a PhD in Complex Systems at Oxford University where he developed computer simulations of nervous systems based on genetic algorithms. NaturalMotion has developed motion simulation programs like Euphoria and Morpheme – ground-breaking middleware designed to drastically cut the time and expense of game development, while allowing game characters to dynamically synthesize motion in response to events around them, creating a more immersive and emotive consumer experience. Euphoria has been used in numerous Triple-A titles including Star Wars: The Force Unleashed, Max Payne 3, Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II, Grand Theft Auto V, BioShock Infinite and Red Dead Redemption. Additionally, NaturalMotion’s Endorphin animation toolkit has been used is several major motions pictures, including Lord of the Rings, Troy and Poseidon.
NaturalMotion has also developed several hit mobile games for iOS and Android for its Racing franchise with CSR Racing, which has achieved top of the chart status in more than 20 countries across paid and free Apple iOS charts; and its People franchise including Clumsy Ninja, which garnered 10 million downloads during the first week of its launch in November 2013 and became the #1 free game in the Apple App Store.
Reil holds a BA in Biology from Oxford University and a Masters in Science in Evolutionary and Adaptive Systems from Sussex University. He has been named one of MIT’s TR-100 global top innovators, Next-Gen’s Top 25 People in the Games Industry, and Develop Magazine’s 25 Game Changers.
Devang S. Shah
General Counsel and Secretary
Devang S. Shah is General Counsel and Secretary for Zynga, where he oversees Zynga’s legal affairs and government relations.
Shah has been with Zynga since 2010, most recently serving as Deputy General Counsel and Vice President, where he was responsible for Zynga’s product compliance, contracts, securities, corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, governmental affairs and international matters. Prior to joining Zynga, Shah worked as General Counsel at UTStarcom, Inc., a telecommunications equipment provider, as Senior Corporate Counsel and Assistant Secretary at Longs Drug Stores Corporation, a retail drug store chain, and as Corporate Counsel at Chiron Corporation, a biotechnology company. He also spent more than five years as a Corporate Associate at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, one of the nation’s leading law firms.
Shah received a bachelor’s degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Cornell University, a master’s degree in Civil Engineering from Stanford University and a J.D. from University of California, Berkeley, Boalt Hall.
Chief Communications Officer
Dani Dudeck serves as Zynga's Chief Communications Officer reporting to CEO Don Mattrick. In this role, Dani manages all external and internal communication strategy, media relations and crisis communications across four key verticals of Corporate Communications, Product PR, Global Thought Leadership and Culture.
As the senior leader of the communications discipline for Zynga and NaturalMotion, Dani has overseen key internal and external communications initiatives including all new game launches and game franchise PR across FarmVille, Words With Friends and Zynga Casino. On the Corporate Communications front, Dani oversaw the communications strategy behind the company’s initial public offering in December of 2012 and is working closely with the leadership team to create a holistic communications and culture approach as the company transitions its business.
Prior to joining Zynga, Dani worked at News Corp as MySpace’s vice president of global corporate communications where she oversaw the company’s in-house communications team, the company's global PR agencies as well as communications efforts across consumer, technology, product and corporate issues management.
Dani joined MySpace in 2006 as the company’s director of corporate communications. In that time, Dani directed the communications strategy for company-wide initiatives including the launch of MySpace Music, MySpace Video and MySpace Celebrity. Dani led the company’s global communications staff on projects that included the 2009 MySpace/ MTV Presidential Dialogues which featured Barack Obama and various international company launches such as MySpace China, Japan, India, and Korea.
Prior to joining MySpace, Dani worked for Edelman as a key member of its Digital Entertainment & Technology Practice division, managing the MySpace business globally on behalf of the agency in addition to working on account teams like Starbucks and Akamai. Prior to Edelman, Dani worked at Hill & Knowlton and Cohn & Wolfe, where she oversaw consumer campaigns for brands including Yahoo!, Motorola, Hewlett Packard, Toshiba and THQ.
Dani earned a dual Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Relations and French language from the University of Southern California. She currently resides in San Francisco with her husband.