Techcrunch reported the departure, and we’ve confirmed it with a source at Zynga. Puhlmann served as CSO at Zynga since 2009, and he resigned yesterday.
Details on Puhlmann’s departure aren’t yet available. Our only contact with Puhlmann came from an interview with him over a security flaw that hackers were exploiting in YoVille. Zynga had to create an ironclad security system because it generates all of its revenues digitally, largely through virtual goods transactions. And those transactions have to be secure.
The San Francisco-based social game company has seen departures in the wake of a weak earnings report. The executives who left include chief operating officer John Schappert, infrastructure chief technology officer Allan Leinwand, chief creative officer Mike Verdu, and chief marketing and revenue officer Jeff Karp. Other general managers and vice presidents have also departed.