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Can Microsoft's Xbox head save Zynga?

Zynga brings in head of Microsoft's Xbox business to replace founder Mark Pincus. Smart move?

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Zynga's CEO, Mark Pincus (left), is stepping down to be replaced by Don Mattrick, the head of Microsoft's Xbox business.

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Zynga Inc's decision to bring in the head of Microsoft Corp's Xbox business to replace founder Mark Pincus is a bold stroke that was hailed on Wall Street, but it still leaves questions as to who is ultimately in charge at the troubled game-maker.

Don Mattrick was personally recruited by Pincus. But Pincus holds on to 61 percent of the voting rights due to a two-tiered stock structure and will remain Zynga's chairman and its chief product officer.

Mattrick, who is credited with building Microsoft's Xbox business into a gaming powerhouse, hesitated before agreeing to take the job, people with knowledge of the events said.

 
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