NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Zynga (ZNGA) on Wednesday announced that Google (GOOG) Vice President of Engineering and leader of its Advanced Technology and Projects group, Dr. Regina E. Dugan, is joining the company's board of directors.
Dugan will take a more active role than a traditional board member, serving on the Product Committee alongside CEO Don Mattrick and co-founder Mark Pincus, the company said.
Dugan, 51, comes to Zynga's board after stints at both Google and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, the principal agency within the U.S. Department of Defense for research, development and demonstration of high-risk, high-payoff capabilities for the future combat force. At Google, ATAP was charged with building innovative mobile products, and bringing them to market. ATAP was folded into Google's Android, Chrome & Apps team in February of this year.
Prior to joining Google, Dugan was Senior Vice President and a member of the Senior Leadership Team at Motorola Mobility, which was sold to Google in August 2012.
At DARPA, where she was the agency's 19th director, she helped advanced strategic initiatives in cyber security, hypersonics, social media, and advanced manufacturing.
"I have admired Regina's work and visionary thinking for years and believe she will be an incredible addition to the Zynga Board of Directors and a true catalyst for creative thinking at Zynga," said Mattrcik in the press release.
"Regina is a dynamic leader who embraces new ideas and inspires teams to reimagine how technology and tools can positively disrupt the world. As we focus on growing and sustaining our leading franchises and creating new hits, Regina's expertise and counsel will put us in a better position to deliver consumers next generation entertainment experiences that span categories, platforms and devices."
As part of Zynga's board, she will chair the Nominating and Governance Committee, as well as joining the Product Committee, which includes Mattrick, Pincus and William "Bing" Gordon.
Dugan said Zynga is full of creative people, and she looks forward to working with San Francisco-based Zynga on the company's next chapter. "I believe we need to play," Regan said in the press release.
"Zynga is full of creative thinkers who embrace the power of play. Einstein famously stated that 'combinatory play seems to be the essential feature in productive thought,' and this spirit is embodied in Zynga's products, which have brought new technology to games. Games that help people connect, share, rest and energize through play. I look forward to working with Don and the board on the company's next chapter."Dr. Dugan received her doctoral degree in mechanical engineering from the California Institute of Technology and her master's and bachelor's degrees from Virginia Tech.
In addition to working at Google, Dr. Dugan is also on the Board of Directors of Varian Medical Systems (VAR).In addition to announcing Dugan to the company's board, Zynga announced that Mattrick, who has now been with the company for a year since replacing Pincus last July, is selling shares to cover taxes. The sale is mandated under Zynga's election under its equity incentive plan.
--Written by Chris Ciaccia in New York
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