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 founder and Chairman of the Board of Zynga. He has served as our Chairman from April 2007 to March 2016, as Executive Chairman from March 2016 to May 2018, and as Chairman since May 2018. He previously served as Chief Executive Officer from April 2007 to July 2013 and from April 2015 to March 2016, and as Chief Product Officer from April 2007 to April 2014. In 2014, he founded superlabs, a San Francisco-based product lab focused on developing products that connect and empower people, which was acquired by Zynga in 2015. Mr. Pincus also founded Zynga.org in 2009, a non-profit organization dedicated to using social games for social good. From 2003 to 2007, Mr. Pincus served as Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of Tribe.net, a company he launched and one of the first social networks in the industry. From 1997 to 2000, he served as Chairman of Support.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: SPRT), a help desk automation software company he founded, and he served as Chief Executive Officer and President from December 1997 to July 1999. From 1996 to 1997, he served as Chief Executive Officer of FreeLoader, Inc., a web-based news company he founded.
Mr. Pincus also made founding investments in Napster, Twitter and Facebook.
Mr. Pincus graduated summa cum laude from University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business and earned an MBA from Harvard Business School. He is an angel investor in multiple Silicon Valley startups and regularly lectures at Stanford Graduate School of Business and Harvard Business School on topics including entrepreneurship, product and game design and managing at scale. He also designed and taught the first product management class at Stanford Graduate School of Business.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 the Zynga Board of Directors 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 nearly tripled, 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 and Merge Dragons!, 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 and Small Giant Games, along with innovation and success across the games portfolio have positioned Zynga as among the fastest growing public gaming companies in the world in 2019, and have resulted in the highest quarterly bookings and revenue in Zynga’s history (Q4 ‘19).
Mr. Gibeau spent more than two decades at Electronic Arts 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.
Since 2015, Mr. Gibeau has served as the Chairman of the Corporate Advisory Board for the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California. He also currently serves as a director and a member of the audit committee of Yeti Holdings, Inc., a premium outdoor brand known for its iconic coolers, drinkware, and outdoor equipment. Mr. Gibeau previously served on the Board of Directors for Cooliris, a mobile content and communication technology company; and, Graphiq, a data visualization company. He 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 served as the VP of Engineering at Facebook, Inc. (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 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 and one additional private board. She is the CEO of a start up currently in stealth mode. Dr. Dugan 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 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 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 named a Caltech Distinguished Alumni (one of 256 historical honorees) and has been inducted into the VaTech Academy of Engineering Excellence.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., a gaming company, 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 Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN), an internet retail company, N3twork, a media sharing company; Airtime Media Inc., a messaging company, and Zazzle Inc., a web-based custom products company. 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. He earned an M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and a B.A. from Yale University, where he serves on the President’s Council.
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. 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. He has served as a director, chair of the audit committee, and member of the compensation committee of DocuSign Inc., an eSignature transaction management company, since July 2013 and as a director, chairman of the board of directors, and chairperson of the compensation committee of Accuray Incorporated (NASDAQ: ARAY), a radiation oncology company, since September 2009. He has also served as a member of the board of directors of Rodan + Fields, LLC since June 2015 and as a director, lead director and chairman of the audit committee of Alector, Inc. (NASDAQ: ALEC), an immunology company, since October 2018. Within the last five years, Mr. Lavigne also served as a member of the board of directors of Assertio Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: ASRT), a specialty pharmaceutical company, from July 2013 until his retirement from its board on May 2019, also having served as the chair of the company’s compensation committee and a member of the audit committee during his tenure there; on the board of directors and chairman of the audit committee of Puppet Inc. from December 2015 until his retirement from its board on June 2019; on 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; as a director and chair of the audit committee of NovoCure, Limited (NASDAQ:NVCR, a commercial stage oncology company from 2013 to October 2018; and 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. Mr. Lavigne serves as a board member and former chairman of the UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals and the UCSF Children’s Hospitals Foundation where he is also a member of the audit and finance committees.
Mr. Lavigne holds a B.S. in Finance from Babson College and an M.B.A. from Temple University.Independent Director
Mills brings more than three decades of experience building global engineering teams to Zynga's Board. She currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors for Xactly Corporation, a software as a service company devoted to incentive compensation, and serves on the Board of Directors for RELX Group.
Most recently, Mills served as the Interim CEO of Blue Coat Systems, Inc., in late 2011. Before that, she spent nearly two years at Juniper Network, Inc., where she served as Executive Vice President and General Manager of its Infrastructure Products Group, overseeing business strategy and product development. Prior to joining Juniper Networks, Mills was a principal consultant for Barrymore and Baldwin, a strategy consulting firm. Mills also spent more than four years as the CEO of Acta Technology, Inc., an enterprise software company that was acquired by Business Objects in July 2002. Additionally, Mills spent more than 17 years at Hewlett-Packard Company where she held a number of executive roles including Vice President and Worldwide General Manager of its UNIX Server Business Unit.
Previously, Mills was a Board Member for several companies including, Adobe Systems, Inc.; Alaska Communications Systems Group, Inc.; Blue Coat Systems, Inc.; Ingram Micro; Tekelec, Inc.; and WhiteHat Security, Inc.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 currently serves on the boards of Zebra Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ:ZBRA) and Netgear Inc (NASDAQ:NTGR) and was most recently a director of ARM Holdings Plc until its acquisition by the SoftBank Group in 2016 and of RealNetworks, Inc. (NASDAQ: RNWK) until April 2020 after nearly ten years of board service.
Ms. Roberts has served as a Partner at Benhamou Global Ventures from 2014, where she invests in early stage enterprise and “cross-border” companies, and holds advisory and board positions with portfolio companies. From 2000 to 2013, Ms. Roberts served as Managing Director of Mayfield Fund where she continued as a venture advisor until 2014; investing in wireless, mobile, enterprise and consumer technology companies. From 1992 to 2000, Ms. Roberts was employed by 3Com Corporation (which was later 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 Co-Chair of GBx Global.org, a curated network of British entrepreneurs and senior 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 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. The company communicates with a distinctive edgy voice, which has been roundly lauded by educators, students, and parents alike. Shmoop grew from a singular personal vision to now encompass a meaningful footprint on the education landscape, after winning myriad awards and plaudits by institutions and thought leaders in the industry. Shmoop’s products are licensed to high schools, libraries and districts, distributed through its website, www.shmoop.com.
Ellen served as President and CEO of Efficient Frontier, a pioneer in the field of dynamic Search Engine Marketing (SEM) management services. Ms. Siminoff joined near the company’s founding and built Efficient Frontier 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 adventurous years as a founding executive at Yahoo!. During her tenure, she led Business Development (VP, Business Development and Planning), 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 served on the board of directors for SolarWinds, a leading provider of downloadable, enterprise-class network management software; she currently serves on the board of Zynga, the world’s leading provider of social games and on the board of Discovery Education, the global leader in standards-aligned digital curriculum resources and professional learning for K-12 classrooms. 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 US Auto Parts Network, 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 computer science 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 currently serves as Chief Financial Officer of TrueCar Inc. and has held this position since June of 2019. Beginning in February 2016 and prior to joining TrueCar, Mr. Watson held the position of Chief Accounting Officer of TripAdvisor Inc.. Prior, Mr. Watson has served in various accounting roles with TripAdvisor, most recently as the Company’s Vice President—Accounting, and Controller. Mr. Watson began his career at Arthur Andersen LLP and received his bachelor’s degree in accounting from Bryant University.Independent Director