resignation chief resigns amid Web site glitches

As bugs and glitches continue to plague, the man who oversaw the site's creation has said he's resigning.

Tony Trenkle, chief information officer at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), sent an e-mail to co-workers on Tuesday that said he will be leaving on November 15 "to take a position in the private sector." Apparently, Trenkle's resignation isn't directly a result of the bungled Web site, but rather a management restructuring within the department, according to information sent to CNET by CMS.

"Given the importance of the I.T. … Read more

Zynga COO David Ko said to be resigning in exec shake-up

As new Zynga CEO Don Mattrick takes the helm of the struggling game maker, top employees are leaving the company for a host of reasons. And two more high-level executives are said to be stepping down: Chief Operating Officer David Ko and Chief People Officer Colleen McCreary, according to BuzzFeed.

To address these top-level changes, Mattrick is reportedly holding an all-hands meeting Tuesday afternoon at 4 p.m. PT to discuss his outlook for Zynga.

According to BuzzFeed, Ko and McCreary are stepping down for different reasons. Supposedly, Ko was planning to leave after not being tapped to be the … Read more

EA CEO John Riccitiello resigns

Electronic Arts Chief Executive Officer John Riccitiello will resign from his position at the FIFA and Battlefield publisher after six years effective March 30, the company announced today. In addition, he will no longer be a member of the game publisher's board of directors.

The EA board of directors has appointed longtime EA executive Larry Probst as executive chairman of the company while a search is conducted for Riccitiello's permanent replacement. Probst has been in a leadership position at EA since 1991 and was CEO from 1991 to 2007. The board will consider internal and external candidates, the … Read more

FTC Chairman Jon Leibowitz resigns

Jon Leibowitz announced today that he is resigning from his post as the chairman of the Federal Trade Commission. His announcement comes after presiding over both the investigation and settlement of Google's antitrust probe.

Leibowitz plans to leave his position by mid-February, according to The New York Times.

"I felt like this was a good time to leave because we got through a number of things that I wanted the commission to address," he told the newspaper.

President Obama appointed Leibowitz, who was formerly an FTC commissioner, to lead the agency in 2009. Leibowitz was said to … Read more

AMD CFO Thomas Seifert resigns, sending stock down 8 percent

Advanced Micro Devices announced the resignation today of Chief Financial Officer Thomas Seifert, sending the company's stock down 8 percent.

Seifert, who had been with the chipmaker for three years, had briefly served as the company's interim chief executive officer last year after the resignation of CEO Dirk Meyer in January 2011. Seifert returned to his position as CFO in August 2011 when AMD named Rory Read, the former president and chief operating officer of the Lenovo Group, as its new CEO.

Other than the standard statement that Seifert was leaving "to pursue other opportunities," AMD … Read more

Zynga loses mobile VP, report says

At least four Zynga executives have resigned this month, including a vice president of mobile, Bloomberg reported today.

That's more bad news for the company as it continues to struggle with making money on the quickly growing mobile platform.

Ya-Bing Chu, a vice president in the company's mobile division, and Jeremy Strauser, a general manager, resigned this month, unnamed sources told Bloomberg.

Their departures follow that of Erik Bethke, a general manager of Mafia Wars 2, and Alan Patmore, a general manager for CityVille -- both publicly revealed their departure from the company earlier this week.

After a … Read more

Three Facebook execs bow out of the social network

It was a three-in-one blow today for Facebook execs announcing their departure from the company.

All Things Digital reports that Director of Platform Partnerships Ethan Beard first said he was planning to leave the company; then, Platform Marketing Director Katie Mitic said she had plans to leave too. And finally, Facebook's Mobile Platform Marketing Manager Jonathan Matus also announced his departure.

All three employees made the announcements on their Facebook timelines and said that they've had good experiences working at the social network. Beard wrote, "I've had the pleasure of helping build an ecosystem of incredible … Read more

RIM loses another senior executive

Research In Motion announced today the resignation of its chief legal officer, the second high-level departure from the struggling phone maker in the past week.

Karima Bawa is leaving the handset maker after 12 years, RIM said. The company said it's known of Bawa's departure for some time and has already begun searching for a replacement chief legal officer.

"Karima has been a tireless advocate for RIM's business during more than a decade of hyper growth, and she continues to actively support our business in her chief legal officer role on a daily basis," RIM … Read more

RIM loses its head of global sales in a new blow

Already on shaky footing, Research In Motion is being dealt another blow. After 14 years of company loyalty, the company's London-based head of global sales is moving on, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Patrick Spence was with the company since 1998 but had only been in his current position as SVP and managing director of global sales and regional marketing for the last 10 months, according to The Next Web.

This shakeup comes at a bad time for RIM. It is struggling to bring back lost market share and sales for its once popular BlackBerry devices, but it'… Read more

Exec sings goodbye to Microsoft on YouTube

When I first saw this I thought the first line was "Long, long lines of coke."

I thought this would be a contemporary dirge to the emptiness of the corporate American dream. This was, after all, being sung to Don McLean's "American Pie."

Sadly, it seems, the first words are "long, long lines of code." For this is the resignation ditty of Karen X. Cheng, a project manager at Microsoft.

I sing a haiku to TechCrunch for explaining that she is leaving on a jet plane to work for something called Exec, a … Read more