Zynga GM Leaves Gaming World, Joins Change.org As VP of Engineering

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Silicon Valley startup veteran Tim Catlin joins Change.org as new VP of engineering. Catlin’s move comes as Change.org hits 50 million global users.

Change.org, the world’s largest social change platform, has hired former Zynga general manager Tim Catlin as its new vice president of engineering. Catlin will lead the company’s engineering team, building out the platform’s personalization experience and mobile development.

Catlin leaves social gaming startup Zynga, which he joined in 2010 as divisional CTO, initiating the company's advertising platform business and overseeing development on the website Zynga.com, the rewards program Rewardville, and various APIs and services used by all Zynga games. In 2012, Catlin became the GM of Zynga.com and of Developer Experience for the company's third party platform.

“It’s incredibly exciting to join the Change.org team,” said Tim Catlin. “I have helped build many technology platforms, but never one with a mission to empower people everywhere to make change. Change.org’s track record is already impressive, and I am excited to see how we can use mobile, personalization, and other innovations to make an even greater impact.”

This is the social change company’s third high-profile executive hired this year. Former Yahoo! VP and Google executive Jennifer Dulski joined Change.org as president and COO in January, and Twitter executive Amanda Levy became Change.org’s new VP of sales in July.

“At Change.org, we’re not just creating a website; we’re building the world’s number one place for everyone in the world to make a meaningful impact,” said Change.org founder and CEO Ben Rattray. “Tim’s experience building scalable, high-quality technology platforms is exactly what we need to bring that vision to fruition, and we’re thrilled to have him join our team.”

With more than 20 years of experience in Silicon Valley startups, Catlin helped build eight technology companies, including Adchemy, Netcentives, and Taligent, a joint venture between Apple and IBM. An avid musician, he has played piano since he was four and sung in choral groups since high school, directing a full 22-piece jazz ensemble and an a capella men’s group and regularly arranging and composing music. He serves on two nonprofit boards in the Bay Area.

Catlin will work from Change.org’s San Francisco headquarters. The world’s largest social change platform, Change.org hit 50 million users in November 2013 and has 180 staff members in 18 countries.

Change.org is a certified B corporation, meaning it is held to high standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency set by B Labs, an independent certifying group.

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Change.org is the world's largest petition platform, empowering people everywhere to create the change they want to see.

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