Former Zynga Poker general manager leaves the company

Laurence Toney, former general manager of Zynga Poker, left the company yesterday, reports AllThingsD.

Toney confirmed his departure with the website and has updated his LinkedIn profile accordingly to reflect the change.

"My departure is less about Zynga and more about the vast number of opportunities that currently exist in the Valley," he told AllThingsD. "I have been approached by several organizations to lead teams and companies that I find exciting and compelling. It is the right time for me in my career to move on."

Zynga Poker was released in July 2007 on Facebook, the company's first game on the social networking giant, and continues to serve 40 million active users monthly. During his time at Zynga, Toney spent two years as Poker's general manager before moving on to a managing role in mobile publishing.

Toney is the latest in a string of departures from Zynga. Chief operating officer John Schappert resigned in August after reportedly being stripped of his duties in overseeing development. Chief security officer Nils Puhlmann left the company last month, and just last week the co-creators of Words with Friends, Paul and David Bettner, departed as well.

Last week also brought the announcement that Zynga lowered its annual earnings forecast again, the second time in three months, resulting in a significant drop in the company's stock in after-hours trading.

Polygon has reached out to Zynga for comment and will update this story with more information as we have it.

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