/// Don Mattrick Debuts as New Zynga CEO, With Loss Expected in Q2

July 25, 2013  |  All Things Digital


Former Microsoft Xbox head and new Zynga CEO Don Mattrick will helm his first quarterly report and conference call later today, after the company’s founder and former CEO Mark Pincus removed himself from the top job several weeks ago. Unfortunately for Mattrick, the San Francisco online gaming company is expected to report a loss of seven cents per share, a decline from last year, in the second quarter. On an adjusted basis, the loss will be less. Revenue is also expected to be down, around $185 million. Zynga will report after the markets close. Such lackluster results might be the new normal for a while, with Zynga still in turnaround mode, as it seeks to find lucrative new businesses, especially in mobile. The tone and tenor of the new leader will be much watched by Wall Street, who will be interested in what Mattrick has in store. And although the Q2 results are not under his watch, Mattrick has already been at the job since July 8, working at its HQ in the city and having moved his family from up north to a house he owns in Silicon Valley. One would expect a tougher message from Mattrick, who has a lot of experience in turnaround situations, and very little sugar-coating of the difficult situation that the company finds itself in now. He might not get too specific, though, such as whether he will preside over additional staff reductions.

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Don Mattrick Debuts as New Zynga CEO, With Loss Expected in Q2


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