Habits: Dani Dudeck, GM, corporate communications, Zynga

Dani Dudeck, GM of corporate communications at Zynga, discusses her proudest career moment and affinity for London.

Morning ritual: I wake up by 6:30am and spend the first five minutes scanning my inbox for anything urgent. I then toggle between The Early Show and CNN. I like to be in the office before 8am to organize my day before things get hectic. Right now, I'm obsessed with our new game FrontierVille, so I try to get in a few minutes of play before beginning the day.

Required reading: The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and USA Today. As a Condé Nast devotee, many of its titles are must-reads. I read blogs and monitor Techmeme to see what stories ignite discussion and interesting news cycles. 

First PR job: My first PR job was as a media relations volunteer for the American Cancer Society in San Diego. My first paying PR job was as an AE at Cohn & Wolfe in Los Angeles.

Proudest career achievement: It's a tie. The first was managing a live Today segment 13 miles from the Iraqi border in the Kuwaiti desert's sweltering heat. It was a great moment with 10,000 cheering US troops celebrating the live “Operation MySpace” concert at Camp Buehring on March 10, 2008. I also worked with Barbara Walters and MySpace's founders on her annual 10 Most Influential People special – one day, three semi-trucks, 10 cameras, and her 15-person crew.

Most regrettable career moment: Not taking the time to enjoy the amazing places I've visited for work. It's too easy for me to get swept up in the job and not explore some of the world's most interesting cities, such as Seoul, Shanghai, and Madrid.

Best career advice you've ever given: If you don't love what you're doing, do something else.

Favorite city to travel to for business: London. I enjoy a Londoner's balance of hard work and play. Reporters and colleagues there are friends of mine and always greet visitors with open arms.

Most distinct aspect of your personal office: Zynga's PR office is incredibly collaborative and transparent. We're creating one open space to encourage idea sharing.

Mentor: I have a few: Renee Edelman, Steven Rubenstein, Owen Van Natta, and Gina Bianchini.

Ideal job, if not in PR: I've never wanted to do anything else.

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