As an industry-leading executive in entertainment, games and consumer products, Don has firmly established himself during a 30-year career in the technology space. Don’s recent role includes Chief Executive Officer of Zynga, a social game Services Company headquartered in San Francisco, California. Before joining Zynga in 2013, he spent six years at Microsoft – the last three as President of the Interactive Entertainment Business.
Don was responsible for leading the team that grew Microsoft’s Xbox 360 global installed base by 700 percent, to nearly 75 million consoles, and the Xbox Live membership from 6 million to nearly 50 million subscribers in 41 countries. Don is widely recognized for transforming the Microsoft Interactive Entertainment Business from one that was operating at a loss into a sustained and profitable business. Prior to Microsoft, he served in several leadership positions at Electronic Arts, most recently as President of Worldwide Studios. He founded his first company, Distinctive Software, at age 17; it was acquired by Electronic Arts in 1991 and subsequently became EA Canada.
Raised in Vancouver, British Columbia, Don is married with two children. In acknowledgement of his role in building the interactive entertainment business in Canada and the active development of industry links with the University of British Columbia, Don received the UBC Award as an Honorary Fellow from the Sauder School of Business and was awarded the highest honor Simon Fraser University can bestow, the Doctor of Laws. He has served on several public and private boards, including the advisory board for USC School of Cinematic Arts and is currently serving as Co-Chair of the Premier’s Technology Council.