Don Mattrick leaves Microsoft

Don Mattrick leaves Microsoft

Published: Thursday, July 04, 2013Tagged: Xbox One,

Don Mattrick? You might recognize the name? Don was the President for Microsoft’s Interactive Entertainment Business. But now, instead of continue his work with Microsoft he's been named the CEO for Zynga.

Zynga has been struggling with their company now for a awhile and they tried to lure Don into Zynga with millions of dollars! He's going to receive a $5 Million signing bonus and stock awards valued at $40 million. And they got him, the only question is however. Can he turn the company around in the right direction?

“Don is unique in the game business,” said Mark Pincus, Founder, Chairman and Chief Product Officer. “He can execute in multiple domains – hardware, software and network, and he’s been the person responsible for game franchises like ‘Need for Speed,’ ‘FIFA’ and ‘The Sims.’ He’s one of the top executives in the overall entertainment business and he’s a great coach who has inspired people to do their best work and build strong, productive teams. He deeply understands the value of a network and the importance of creating lifelong consumer relationships. He turned Xbox into the world’s largest console-gaming network, growing its installed base from 10 to 80 million and transformed that business from deep losses to substantial profits. And he has grown the Xbox Live player network from 6 to 50 million active members in 41 countries. Going forward, I’ll continue in my role as Chairman and Chief Product Officer. I’m excited to partner with Don and the rest of our team to return Zynga to its leadership role in inventing and growing Play as a core human experience.”

Mattrick, 49, spent six years at Microsoft – the last three as president of the Interactive Entertainment Business. In that role, he was responsible for the team that grew Microsoft’s Xbox 360 global installed base by 700 percent to more than 75 million consoles. During his six-year tenure at Microsoft, Mattrick also oversaw businesses and services focused on consumer products that included the groundbreaking Kinect entertainment products and PC and mobile interactive entertainment.

So.. what do you think? Can Don turn the company into the right direction? Or is this a long shot? 

Source: zynga.com


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