Zynga grabs a member of MySpace’s old guard for public relations

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Social gaming giant Zynga has grabbed MySpace’s vice president of global communications, Dani Dudeck, to shore up its public relations department.

The company, which has attracted bad press before for serving users misleading offers in games and for comments made by its rather candid chief executive Mark Pincus, will need to tightly manage its public image as it quickly grows toward 1,000 employees.

Dudeck expressed enthusiasm on her personal Twitter account about moving back from Southern California to the company’s Potrero Hill office in San Francisco.

She leaves after a string of senior employees stepped down at MySpace. Ali and Hadi Partovi, who sold iLike to MySpace, left full-time roles at the social network while former chief executive Owen Van Natta left the company earlier this year. Dudeck was one of the few executives at MySpace who stayed on after the departure of Van Natta’s predecessor, Chris DeWolfe, who ran the company at the time of its sale to News Corp.

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