Matt is currently Chief Operating Officer of Zynga. As COO, he is responsible for the company’s global game studios and oversees technology, game design, data science and analytics, and studio operations.
Prior to joining Zynga, Matt was Senior Vice President of Strategy and Operations from mobile gaming at Electronic Arts, where he held global operating responsibility for the mobile gaming business. While at EA, he led teams on four continents with hit games across all major genres, including Plants v. Zombies, The Simpsons: Tapped Out, Real Racing, Need for Speed, the Sims, and Star Wars. He began his career at EA as General Manager of Bioware Austin, where he led the successful turnaround of Star Wars: The Old Republic. Later, Matt became Group General Manager for all Bioware studios worldwide, launching the 2014 Gar of the Year, Dragon Age: Inquistion.
Earlier in his career, Matt pioneered the E-sports revolution as the president and CEO of Major League Gaming, leading the start-up team that built the largest consumer video game events in North America; the largest web platform for competitive video gamers in the world; and live online broadcasts whose ratings exceeded those of major cable television. Matt also held a number of senior-level roles at AOL, including SVP and GM of MovieFone, GM of Consumer Products, and GM of online gaming.
Matt sits on the Board of Directors of Bumble as well as Fitbit and is a member of Fitbit’s compensation committee. He holds a B.A. in English from Cornell University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.
The Traphagen Series was launched twenty-five years ago to provide students with an informal setting in which to hear firsthand about the career experiences of alumni who have distinguished themselves in law, business, public service, or the arts. In a normal year, speakers meet with small groups of students over lunch in Cambridge. This year, due to the global pandemic, the Traphagen Series will take place virtually via Zoom.
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