Zynga's Porter jumps ship a year after OMGPOP deal
A year after Zynga (NASDAQ:ZNGA) acquired online and mobile gaming firm OMGPOP, its former CEO Dan Porter has decided to leave the company. Porter, who became Zynga's New York GM as part of Zynga's $180 million acquisition of OMGPOP, will be replaced by VP of mobile games Sean Kelly.
OMGPOP is perhaps best known for its breakout title, Draw Something. The game's sequel, Draw Something 2, began rolling out last month to select countries, but is not yet available in the United States.
"Our follow up to the original hit is even more social and engaging, and we're excited to get it into the hands of our players globally. We thank Dan Porter for his efforts in making the Draw Something franchise a success and wish him well in his future endeavors," wrote Zynga COO David Ko in a prepared statement. "We're proud to see talent like Sean Kelly take a bigger leadership role as the Head of our New York studio and lead the team to the global launch of Draw Something 2," added Ko. In his new role, Kelly will report to to Travis Boatman, Zynga's SVP of Mobile.
Kelly joined Zynga in 2009 as the GM of FishVille. He later co-created CityVille, which boasted 20 million daily players on Facebook at its peak. Since 2011, Kelly has worked on the mobile versions of Zynga's multiplatform games like Zynga Poker and Dream Zoo.
Porter is one of a large number of executives who have left Zynga during the past year: Zynga Treasurer Mike Gupta left the gaming company for Twitter; Chief Financial Officer David Wehner left Zynga to accept a senior finance post at Facebook; Zynga COO John Schappert resigned after he was stripped of his responsibilities as head of social gaming development; Chief Creative Officer Mike Verdu left to launch his own startup; CTO of infrastructure Bill Leinwand left to work for enterprise IT firm ServiceNow; and Chief Marketing and Revenue Officer Jeff Karp departed in September.
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