Former Zynga Poker GM Leaves Company

Another key executive has left Zynga this week, joining what seems like a large scale exodus of talent from the social game developer and publisher. The latest to leave the company is Laurence Toney, the former general manager of Zynga Poker. Publication AllThingsD confirmed the departure, which happened yesterday. The publication was tipped off by a change in Toney's LinkedIn profile.

"My departure is less about Zynga and more about the vast number of opportunities that currently exist in the Valley," Toney tells AllThingsD. "I have been approached by several organizations to lead teams and companies that I find exciting and compelling. It is the right time for me in my career to move on."

Toney joins other high profile departees including Words with Friends creators Paul and David Bettner, chief security officer Nils Puhlmann, Omgpop's Wilson Kriegel, COO John Schappert, CityVille general manager Alan Patmore, chief creative officer Mike Verdu, vice presidents Bill Mooney and Brian Birtwistle, CTO Allan Leinwand and chief marketing officer Jeff Karp.

Source: AllThingsD

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