Zynga COO resigns from company

Wednesday, 8th August 2012 22:51 GMT By Jeff Dunn

Zynga chief operating officer John Schappert has resigned from his position with the social games publisher, according to Fortune.

Zynga CEO Mark Pincus has released a statement on the situation, saying, “We can confirm that John Schappert has left Zynga and its Board of Directors effective immediately.

“John has made significant contributions to the games industry throughout his career and we appreciate all that he has done for Zynga. John leaves as a friend of the company and we wish him all the best.”

Schappert seems to have been in the news for all the wrong reasons as of late. After reportedly being removed from his role overseeing game operations, the COO was also accused of exploiting insider information about his former employer, EA — the same company that slapped Zynga with a lawsuit for alleged copyright infringement just last week.

All of that comes after the Facebook games giant posted losses for its last quarter, and came under fire for rumored insider trading in the midst of its financial issues.

Zynga has said that Schappert’s resignation is not tied to any particular disagreement with company’s policies or practices.

Fortune is also reporting that Zynga has no immediate plans to find Schappert’s replacement as the new COO.



  1. GrimRita

    Maybe EA offered him a job on one of their new games – ‘Copyrightville’

    #1 2 years ago
  2. MidlifeAxe

    Or he knew the company is going to shizz and wanted to get out before that happened.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. DSB

    Zynga actually cares that they have criminals on their board of directors?

    I would’ve thought he fit right in.

    Not what I’d expect from a company that’s made a business on stealing and cheating for profit.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. TD_Monstrous69

    Zynga made a huge mistake by taking this guy away from handling games, on a count of his experience within the industry. Hope his expertise is put to good use with a company that’ll appreciate what he’s capable of.

    #4 2 years ago

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