Our Founder Mark Pincus today sent a note to employees outlining a change to his role. Please find his note, posted in its entirety, below.
I’m writing today to share that I have decided to change my role to non-executive Chairman. This means that, while I’ll still keep an office at Zynga, and be active in supporting the company, I will not have an operating role. Most importantly, I remain Zynga’s largest shareholder and biggest believer.
I have full faith in Don’s leadership and ability to take Zynga to its next level. Over the past 10 months it has been great to work with Don and you all to reshape our company for the future. While that effort is still in early stages, we can already see exciting milestones like Zynga Poker returning to growth, FarmVille 2’s recent mobile launch (hitting #1 free US iPad app this week) and the addition of the talent, technology and IP from NaturalMotion.
This progress you have all made is remarkable, and it is just a hint of things to come. Together, we have reached more than 1 billion people through our games and enabled them to make valuable and even life changing connections. The most gratifying part is receiving emails such as the one I got this past weekend from a player named Justin who met the love of his life playing Words With Friends.
Zynga today represents a unique combination of assets, talent and opportunity. No other company offers consumers our breadth of game offerings and dedication to combining consumer accessibility with fun and social.
I’m confident that Don, along with our amazing creative and technical product leaders will continue to focus on innovating in social gaming, driving mobile growth and building out our strong franchises – FarmVille, Words With Friends and Zynga Poker, as well as inventing new brands that will delight and connect more players. Their leadership skills combined with your passion and inspired work will take Zynga to our next chapter of growth, as we pursue our mission of connecting the world through games.
I want to thank you all for the amazing contributions you have made so far, not just to Zynga, but to tens of millions of people around the world who, because of you, have decided to make play a key part of their day.
Please continue to feel free to reach out to me. I will always respond to your emails and passionately partner with you on new ideas for your products.
Here’s to killing it in 2014!