Ex-Zynga exec takes post at health startup

David Ko, a former rising star at Zynga who eventually became the social gaming company’s chief operating officer, has a new post.

Ko is now the president and chief operating officer of Audax Health, a Washington, D.C.-based startup that is working with health insurance companies to offer health and wellness apps and services to consumers. Ko, who joined the company’s executive board in September, has already started his new role and will work out of Audax’s San Francisco office.

Ko left Zynga in August, in the wake of Don Mattrick’s hiring as the company’s new CEO. Immediately after his departure, he explored forming a partnership with fellow Zynga ex-pats Colleen McCreary and Cadir Lee. A former Yahoo executive, Ko joined Zynga in 2010 and rose from being the head of its then embryonic mobile game effort to being one of its top executives.

Audax says “several” of the top healthcare providers have signed up to use its service. In a statement, Ko said that he was excited by that growth.

“I initially joined Audax Health’s board because of the company’s growing footprint in the digital health space,” he said. “As I step into this new role, I’ll have the opportunity to be even more hands-on and further Audax Health’s position as a leader and a true disruptor in healthcare.”

Photo, of David Ko from a Zynga event in 2011, by Staff Photographer Gary Reyes.

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