Infogrames Hires Phil Harrison As President
It came as quite a shock to most when Phil Harrison announced his departure from Sony, a company he had been a part of for over 15 years. But he isn't leaving the industry, as he has officially been appointed president of Infogrames Entertainment. He joins recent CEO appointee David Gardner, and according to the press release, the two will "form the basis of a transformational leadership team at Infogrames that will grow the Atari brand into a leading online game company."
Harrison's job is to oversee the Studios and content development for the company, and he'll also be in charge of "boosting the Group's publishing activities, notably through reinforcing its franchise portfolio of products, developing its new packaged and online games, and strengthening is internal and external studio capablity." Infogrames could definitely use the help, too, because Atari hasn't exactly been burning up the sales charts with recent releases to the video game market.
“I am pleased to welcome Phil to Infogrames," commented Gardner. "He has an outstanding reputation in the industry, as one of the key leaders behind the success of PlayStation. We have been seeking an opportunity to work together for some time and I am certain he will be able to make a significant contribution to the publishing strategy of the Group. Drawing upon Infogrames’ strong financial foundation, Phil will have the means to attract new talent, develop studio and online capabilities, and drive forward our publishing activities. I want to work with people that understand fun for consumers and fun in the company culture. We’re going to have a lot more of both around here with Phil!”
Sony may have lost a great ally in Harrison, but Infogrames will benefit from that loss. Obviously, he's looking forward to his new adventure with a new company, and perhaps it makes sense that one of the industry's leading executives has joined one of the oldest publishers out there.
“This is the perfect time to join Infogrames and help shape the future of Atari - one of the industry’s legendary brands," said Harrison. "As the game business moves rapidly online I believe we have an outstanding opportunity to create amazing network game and community experiences for players the world over. I am especially excited to be working on this challenge together with David, one of the most respected leaders and successful executives in our industry.”
3/3/2008 Ben Dutka