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zyngaAs it looks to expand into a more sustainable digital content business, American social and media gaming firm Zynga Incorporated has announced the appointment of investor John Doerr to its board of directors. San Francisco-based Zynga stated that Doerr, who is a general partner at venture capital firm Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield and Byers, has a history of backing ‘some of the world’s most successful companies’ including Google Incorporated, Amazon.com Incorporated and Intuit Incorporated alongside a ‘passion for helping entrepreneurs create the next big thing’. Sixty-one-year-old Doerr will now sit on the California firm’s board of directors alongside fellow Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield and Byers investor William ‘Bing’ Gordon while additionally serving in a similar capacity for several Internet technology companies such as Coursera, Flipboard Incorporated and Google Incorporated. “John has been a supporter of Zynga since our early days and truly understands our core values and mission,” said Mark Pincus, Chief Executive Officer for Zynga. “John has worked with some of the most well-known companies in the world at every stage imaginable and his experience helping teams innovate at scale will be a tremendous asset for our leadership team. “I’m personally looking forward to working closer with John, a true pioneer in the consumer Internet space, and welcoming him to the board as a trusted advisor through this pivotal transition year. John inspired us all to pursue creating Internet treasures. He is a true missionary and will deepen and strengthen our DNA.” Zynga revealed that Doerr started his technology career in 1974 at Intel before going on to help establish software firm Silicon Compilers and American broadband cable Internet services provider @Home. He joined Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield and Byers in 1980 and once described Zynga as the ‘most rapidly growing, most profitable, with the most happy customers that Kleiner Perkins has ever backed’. “In just five years, Zynga has connected hundreds of millions of people to their friends for fun,” said Doerr. “What’s exciting is this is still day zero, just the beginning, of social gaming’s potential. With its deep talent and multi-platform technology and millions of happy customers, Zynga will engage more of us wherever we play, whether on the web, phones or tablets. I’m excited about working with Mark and the Zynga team in its next chapters of growth.”

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