App search startup Quixey has hired former Zynga executive Guru Gowrappan as its new executive vice president of products.
Nicknamed “The Fixer,” Gowrappan held several roles at Zynga during his time there. He led Mergers and Acquisitions integration during purchases that included Newtoy, which brought Words With Friends to Zynga, as well as last spring’s acquisition of OMGPOP.
Gowrappan was also led Zynga’s Japan operations, where he held the title of COO for that international division and helped launch three new games in the market. He also worked with the CEO and CFO during Zynga’s IPO process in 2011.
Prior to Zynga, Gowrappan had worked on several monetization and global initiatives at Yahoo. He joined the web giant as part of its acquisition of Overture and worked on more than 500 projects and launches through Yahoo Media, Listings, and various regional products. At Yahoo he held various roles in operations, M&A, strategy and product execution.
With Guru on baord, look for Quixey to capitalize his skills and focus on monetization more.
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