Zynga CCO Mike Verdu announces his departure

Zynga Chief Creative Officer Mike Verdu announced this afternoon that he’s leaving the company.

Verdu’s served as Zynga’s CCO  for the past three years, having been around for some of the developer’s biggest launches on Facebook including CityVille, CastleVille and The Ville. In the joint announcement from the company, it was revealed that Verdu is leaving to create a new (unnamed) start-up game company, which Zynga will be an investor with.

In a statement on the Zynga blog, Verdu explained how much he enjoyed his time at the company but, “Now, however, it’s time for me to try something new. Being at Zynga in the early days reminded me of how much I love being an entrepreneur. After a lot of soul-searching, I have decided to go back to my roots and start a new company.”

Zynga CEO and Founder Mark Pincus released a statement, saying Verdu was immensely influential on the way Zynga was shaped, creatively. Pincus also said he was thrilled to be an investor in Verdu’s new start-up.

Zynga has yet to publicly announce who will assume Verdu’s duties.

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