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Another high-profile hire for Zynga representative of how fast the social games company has grown: John Schappert, the COO of video game giant Electronic Arts (NSDQ: ERTS) is leaving to fill the same position at Zynga. Electronic Arts announced Schappert’s departure in an SEC filing; the WSJ says Schappert is taking the COO job at Zynga, although the company isn’t commenting.
Schappert is the latest in a string of senior executives who have joined Zynga over the last year; other notable hires include senior Yahoo (NSDQ: YHOO) executive David Ko and MySpace (NSDQ: NWS) and Facebook veteran Owen Van Natta. All of the executives can expect to be be rewarded very handsomely if the company goes public, as is widely expected.
Schappert, who previously was the CVP of Microsoft’s interactive entertainment business, joined Electronic Arts as COO in June 2009. He replaced John Pleasants, who left the post to take the top job at social games firm Playdom and became co-president of the Disney (NYSE: DIS) Interactive Media Group after Walt Disney purchased Playdom last summer.