Board of Directors
Stockholders elect the Board to oversee management and to ensure that stockholder long-term interests are served. Through oversight, review, and counsel, the Board establishes and promotes Zynga's business and organizational objectives. Among other things, our Board oversees our business affairs and integrity and works with management to determine our mission and long-term strategy.
Founder, Director and Chairman of the Board of Directors
Mark Pincus is our founder and Chairman of the Board. He previously served as Zynga's Executive Chairman (from March 2016 to May 2018) and twice as its Chief Executive Officer (April 2007 to July 2013 and April 2015 to March 2016). Mr. Pincus is a pioneer of social games and helped establish gaming as a mass-market activity. He is an experienced entrepreneur and investor, and is a co-founding member of the investment firm Reinvent Capital LLC, and serves on the boards of directors of Reinvent Technology Partners Y and Reinvent Technology Partners Z, special purpose acquisition companies affiliated with Reinvent Capital LLC.
Mr. Pincus is an active angel investor in technology startups, and made founding investments in Napster, Twitter and Facebook. Before Zynga, Mr. Pincus founded tribe.net, one of the earliest online social networks; Support.com, a provider of help desk service and support automation software (NASDAQ: SPRT); and FreeLoader, Inc., a web-based, push technology news company. Mr. Pincus has built an intellectual practice around product management. He was an early pioneer in reimagining product management for consumer internet products, notably the use of rapid testing and experimentation to inform design decisions in all stages of product development. Mr. Pincus was among the first to bring these lessons to games, spawning an always-on, product-as-a-service operating model that empowers product teams to react in real time to user behavior by deploying product updates. He regularly lectures to aspiring entrepreneurs at colleges and universities, and co-created the Stanford Graduate School of Business course on Product Management with Professor Amir Goldberg. Mr. Pincus was appointed by President Barack Obama to the Board of the Presidio Trust, a federal agency that operates the Presidio as part of the Golden Gate Recreation Area.
Mr. Pincus graduated summa cum laude from University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business and earned an MBA from Harvard Business School.Chairman of the Board
Director, Chief Executive Officer
Frank Gibeau is the Chief Executive Officer of Zynga. He joined Zynga as CEO in March 2016, and has been a member of Zynga’s Board since August 2015. Mr. Gibeau is a mobile, PC and console gaming industry expert with 25 years of experience in interactive entertainment.
As Zynga’s CEO, Mr. Gibeau led the company’s turnaround and transition to rapid growth. Zynga’s market cap during Mr. Gibeau’s tenure as CEO has more than quadrupled, in large part, due to optimizing live services and fortifying the company’s portfolio of wildly popular franchises, including CSR Racing, Words With Friends, and Zynga Poker. Under Mr. Gibeau’s leadership, Zynga has acquired a pipeline of games including global hits Empires & Puzzles, Merge Dragons!, Toon Blast and Toy Blast, as well as secured game development partnerships with some of the world’s most iconic brands and entertainment franchises, such as Game of Thrones, Harry Potter, and Star Wars. Mr. Gibeau’s groundbreaking series of studio acquisitions, including Gram Games, Small Giant Games, Peak and Rollic Games, along with innovation and success across the games portfolio have positioned Zynga as among the fastest growing public gaming companies in 2020.
Mr. Gibeau spent more than two decades at Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: EA) where he held a number of influential business and product leadership roles. Most recently, he served as the Executive Vice President of EA Mobile, where he led strategy, product development and publishing for the company’s fast-growing mobile games business. In that role, Mr. Gibeau managed EA’s portfolio of popular mobile franchises including The Simpsons: Tapped Out, Plants vs. Zombies, Real Racing, Bejeweled, Star Wars, Minions, SimCity, EA SPORTS and The Sims. In addition, Mr. Gibeau spearheaded the creation of new mobile IP and platform technology, as well as EA’s Chillingo publishing operation.
Prior to leading EA’s mobile business, Mr. Gibeau was President of EA Labels from 2011 to 2013, where he oversaw IP development, worldwide product management and marketing for major console and PC properties including Battlefield, FIFA, Madden NFL, Need for Speed, SimCity, Star Wars: The Old Republic, Mass Effect, Dragon Age and The Sims. He also spent four years as the President of the EA Games Label, leading a successful business turnaround that resulted in increased product quality, on-time game delivery and dramatically reduced costs. Before that, Mr. Gibeau acted as EA’s Executive Vice President and General Manager of The Americas, where he was directly responsible for a publishing operation that accounted for more than $1.5 billion of EA’s annual revenue. While at EA, Mr. Gibeau also served as Executive Producer of the major motion picture “Need For Speed,” which was released in 2014.
Mr. Gibeau serves as a member of the board of directors and the audit committee of Yeti Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: YETI). He previously served on the board of directors for Cooliris, a mobile content and communication technology company, and Graphiq, a data visualization company.
Mr. Gibeau received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Southern California and a Masters of Business Administration from Santa Clara University.
Dr. Regina E. Dugan is CEO of Wellcome Leap, an organization that builds and executes bold, unconventional programs to deliver breakthroughs in human health.
Dr. Dugan currently serves on the board of directors of Varian Medical Systems, Inc. (NYSE: VAR), a manufacturer of medical devices and software for treating cancer and other medical conditions with radiotherapy, radiosurgery, and brachytherapy; on the board of Cruise, LLC, a self-driving vehicle and technology company; and on the advisory board for the Virginia Tech Innovation Campus.
Previously, Dr. Dugan served as the VP of Engineering at Facebook (NASDAQ: FB) from May 2016 until January 2018. In this position, she led Facebook’s “Building 8”, the company's breakthrough consumer electronic product shipping, development, and R&D organization. Dr. Dugan also served as VP of Engineering, Advanced Technology and Projects at Google Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG, GOOGL) from March 2012 until May 2016, including 2 years as Senior Vice President of Advanced Technology and Projects at Google’s Motorola Mobility division, a telecommunications equipment company, from March 2012 to February 2014, and as director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, the principal agency within the U.S. Department of Defense for research, development and demonstration of high-risk, high-payoff capability for National Security, from July 2009 to March 2012. Dr. Dugan has also held several other executive positions, including co-founder, President, and CEO at RedXDefense LLC, a security solutions company, from 2005 to 2009, and co-founder, President, and CEO at Dugan Ventures, an investment firm where she continues to serve as a non-voting partner.
Dr. Dugan is an inventor or co-inventor on several patents and holds a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the California Institute of Technology. She was inducted into the VaTech Academy of Engineering Excellence and was named a Caltech Distinguished Alumni (one of 256 historical honorees).Independent Director
Bing Gordon has been a partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, a venture capital firm, since June 2008. Mr. Gordon co-founded Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: EA) and served as its Executive Vice President and Chief Creative Officer from March 1998 to May 2008. Mr. Gordon serves on the boards of directors of N3twork, a media sharing company; Airtime Media Inc., a messaging company, and Zume Inc., an environmentally-conscious food packaging company. Mr. Gordon is a special advisor to the board of directors of Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) and was previously a member of its board from 2003 until January 2018. He was also a founding director at ngmoco, LLC (acquired by DeNA Co. Ltd. in 2010) and Audible, Inc. (acquired by Amazon.com, Inc. in 2008). Mr. Gordon was awarded the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences’ Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011 and held the game industry’s first endowed chair in game design at the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts.
Mr. Gordon earned an M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and a B.A. from Yale University.
Louis J. Lavigne, Jr. has been a Managing Director of Lavrite, LLC, a management consulting firm specializing in the areas of corporate finance, accounting, growth strategy and management, since 2005 and Laman Partners,
LLC since 2019. Mr. Lavigne has served on the boards of directors of several public and private companies and institutions. Mr. Lavigne served in various executive capacities with Genentech, Inc. (NYSE: DNA), a biotech company, for over 20 years, including, Chief Financial Officer from 1988 to 2005, Executive Vice President from 1997 to 2005; Senior Vice President from 1994 to 1997; Vice President from 1986 to 1994; and Controller from 1983 to 1986. Mr. Lavigne was named the Best CFO in Biotech in 2005 in the Institutional Investor Survey, and in June 2006, he received the Bay Area CFO of the Year‐Hall of Fame Lifetime Achievement Award.
Mr. Lavigne since September 2009 has been a member of the board of directors and now the nominations committee of Accuray Incorporated (NASDAQ: ARAY), a radiation oncology company, and also previously served as its chairperson of the board of directors and chair of its compensation committee. He also serves as the lead director, chair of the audit committee, and member of the compensation committee of Alector, Inc. (NASDAQ:ALEC), a neurology‐ immunology company, where has been a director since October 2018 and as the lead director and chair of the audit committee of Rodan + Fields, LLC a private skincare company, where he has been a director since June 2015.
Within the last five years, Mr. Lavigne has also served as a member of the board, chair of the audit committee, and member of the compensation committee of DocuSign Inc.(NASDAQ:DOCU), an eSignature transaction management company, from July 2013 to May 2020; as a member of the board of directors and chair of the audit committee of Puppet, Inc., a private information cloud automation system management company, from December 2015 to July 2019; as a member of the board of directors of Assertio, Inc. (NASDAQ: DEPO), a specialty pharmaceutical company, from July 2013 to May 2019, where he was also chair of the compensation committee and previously the audit committee; and as a director and chair of the audit committee of NovoCure, Limited (NASDAQ:NVCR),a commercial stage oncology company, from 2013 to October 2018.
Mr. Lavigne was also a member of the board of directors, the audit committee, and the science and technology committee of Allergan, Inc. (NYSE: AGN), a technology‐driven, global health care company that provides specialty pharmaceutical products worldwide, from 2005 until its acquisition by Actavis plc in 2015; as a director and chair of the audit committee of SafeNet, Inc., a private information security company, from 2010 until its acquisition by Gemalto NV in 2015; and as a director of BMC Software, Inc. (NASDAQ: BMC), an enterprise systems software vendor, from 2004 to 2007 and from 2008 to 2013, when it was acquired by a private investor group.
From 2011 to 2019, Mr. Lavigne was a board member and member of the audit and finance committees of the UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals and the UCSF Children’s Hospitals Foundation where he also was the prior chair of the board.
Mr. Lavigne holds a B.S. in Finance from Babson College and an M.B.A. from Temple University.Independent Director
Carol G. Mills has been an independent consultant since February 2006. Ms. Mills is or has been a member of the board of directors of numerous public and private companies: Alaska Communications Systems Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: ALSK), a provider of broadband solutions, from 2013 to 2015; Ingram Micro Inc., an electronics company and information technology distributor, from 2014 to 2016; Adobe Systems Incorporated (NASDAQ: ADBE) from 1998 to 2011; Blue Coat Systems, Inc. from 2009 to 2012; RELX Group (NYSE: RELX) from 2016 to 2019, Tekelec, Inc. from 2007 to 2012; WhiteHat Systems from 2014 to 2017, and Xactly from 2010 to 2018.
Prior to her board service, Ms. Mills spent more than 30 years in top level operating positions (CEO, EVP, and SVP) at Hewlett-Packard, Juniper Networks, and Acta Technology.
Ms. Mills holds a B.A. in Economics from Smith College and an M.B.A. from Harvard University.Independent Director
Janice M. Roberts is an experienced global technology executive and venture capitalist based in Silicon Valley, where her board experience spans public, private, and nonprofit organizations. She also serves on the public boards of Zebra Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: ZBRA) and Netgear Inc. (NASDAQ:NTGR). Other recent public boards include RealNetworks, Inc. (NASDAQ:RNWK) and ARM Holdings Plc until its acquisition by the SoftBank Group.
Ms. Roberts has served as a Partner at Benhamou Global Ventures since 2014, where she invests in early stage and “cross-border” companies. From 2000 to 2013, Ms. Roberts served as Managing Director of Mayfield Fund, investing in wireless, mobile, enterprise and consumer technology companies. From 1992 to 2000, Ms. Roberts was employed by 3Com Corporation (acquired by Hewlett Packard), where she held various executive positions, including Senior Vice President of Global Marketing and Business Development, President of 3Com Ventures, and President of the Palm Computing Business Unit.
Ms. Roberts is Director of GBx Global.org, a curated network of British technology executives in Silicon Valley; supporting cross-border initiatives and emerging companies. She also serves on the advisory board of Illuminate Ventures and was a Board Director and President of the Ronald McDonald House at Stanford from 2011 to 2017.
Ms. Roberts holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree (honors) from the University of Birmingham in the U.K.Independent Director
Ellen F. Siminoff is a long-tenured media and technology executive and board member. From 2007 to 2018, she was President and CEO of Shmoop University, an educational publishing company which has built millions of units of content, currently consumed by over 15 million users, and licenses its products to high schools, libraries, and school districts.
Ms. Siminoff also previously served as President and CEO of Efficient Frontier, a pioneer in the field of dynamic Search Engine Marketing (SEM) management services, having joined near the company’s founding and building it to manage over $1 billion in marketing spend. Efficient Frontier was sold to Adobe for $425 million. Prior to Efficient Frontier, Ms. Siminoff had six years as a founding executive at Yahoo!. During her tenure, she led Business Development (VP, Business Development and Planning) and Corporate Development (SVP, Corporate Development) and ran the Small Business and Entertainment Business units. Earlier in her career, she ran the online classifieds service for The Los Angeles Times and founded EastNet, a distributor of bartered television programming into Eastern Europe and Russia.
Among other boards and advisory relationships, Ms. Siminoff currently serves on the board of Discovery Education, a global leader in standards-aligned digital curriculum resources and professional learning for K-12 classrooms, on the board of BigCommerce (NASDAQ: BIGC), a leading SaaS ecommerce platform, and on the board of Verifone, Inc., a digital commerce and payments technology company. In 2005 she was one of eight industry professionals named "Masters of Information" by Forbes magazine. She is also currently a member of the Advisory Board of Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business. Other prior board experiences include SolarWinds Corporation (NYSE: SWI), CarParts.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: PRTS), Journal Communications, and Mozilla Corporation (the developers of Firefox browsers).
Ms. Siminoff graduated Stanford's Graduate School of Business with an M.B.A. and Princeton University with an A.B. in Economics. She is currently enrolled in the Harvard University online software engineering program, where she plans to continue studying. She is a struggling golfer, an expert skier, a wife, and a mom of two who feels daily how quickly our lives go by.Independent Director
Noel Watson has served as Chief Financial Officer of LegalZoom.com, Inc., an online legal technology company, since November 2020. Previously, Mr. Watson served as the Chief Financial Officer of TrueCar, Inc. (NASDAQ: TRUE), a leading automotive digital marketplace, from June 2019 to November 2020, and as Chief Accounting Officer of TripAdvisor Inc. (NASDAQ: TRIP), an online travel company, from February 2016 to June 2019, and from February 2013 to February 2016, he served as TripAdvisor's Vice President of Accounting and Controller. Mr. Watson has also held various other accounting roles for TripAdvisor and Expedia, Inc. (NASDAQ: EXPE), a travel booking website.
Mr. Watson began his career at Arthur Andersen LLP and holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Bryant University.Independent Director