Bernard Kim leaves Zynga to join Match Group as the new CEO

Zynga’s president Bernard Kim will leave the game industry to take over the helm at Match Group.
Bernard Kim giving an interview
Bernard Kim giving an interview.

Bernard Kim is no longer with Zynga. After six successful years with the company, Kim updated his LinkedIn page to announce he left his position as the president of Zynga and is set to join Match Group as their new CEO, come the end of May 2022.

Kim joined Zynga in June 2016 and led the company’s groundbreaking acquisitions of Peak, Gram Games, Small Giant Games, Rollic, Echtra, Chartboost, and Starlark. His acquisitions in Turkey were some of the most instrumental moments in Zynga’s explosive growth in the market. As the president of Zynga, his responsibilities were spread across Zynga’s global marketing, user acquisition, ad monetization, revenue, and more.

Prior to his time at Zynga, Kim worked at Electronic Arts (EA) for nearly a decade, taking several roles at the industry giant. His last role is credited as the senior vice president mobile publishing, per his LinkedIn page.

Kim published a statement about his departure and future adventures:

“I’m excited to be the new CEO of Match Group. I truly believe that love, connections, and relationships are the pillars to a happy and joyful life. I’m elated to work at THE organization that’s responsible for connecting millions of people around the world.” 

“Huge thank you to the incredible teams at Zynga and T2. You are the best and I will be playing your games forever.”

Frank Gibeau, Zynga CEO also published a short statement on Kim’s departure, saying:

“For the last six years, Bernard has been a trusted partner to me and the entire leadership team as we have worked hard to deliver on our mission to connect the world through games.

“Bernard has played an important role in our Company’s leadership team as we’ve broadened our offerings, built our presence in the industry, and delivered unparalleled games to our players. On behalf of everyone at Zynga, we thank Bernard for his many contributions to Zynga and extend our sincerest congratulations on becoming CEO of Match Group.”

Shar Dubey to remain as director and advisor at Match

Match Group's sub brand logos can be seen on a blurry background
Match Group and some of their sub-brands

Match Group’s current CEO Shar Dubey will be resigning, but she’s still on board the ship. She’ll continue to serve as a director on Match Group’s Board, and will continue as an advisor to the company starting from June 2022.

The online dating company said they’re excited about the new changes. Shar Dubey said:

“I feel privileged that I am able to step down from a day-to-day operating role and have the time and headspace to focus on what is hopefully the ‘give back’ chapter of my life. As a Director and an adviser, I will have the flexibility to stay close to aspects of the business I love — product and strategy.”

Match Group’s portfolio of dating services includes Tinder, Hinge, Match.com, OkCupid, and PlentyOfFish. The company announced it’s nearing 100 million total monthly active users across the apps mentioned above.

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