Atari confirms corporate reshuffle

Jeff Lapin has been appointed the new CEO of Atari SA. The former COO replaced David Gardner, who agreed to step down while retaining his Director functions.

As CEO, Lapin will run the business from Los Angeles and lead a reshuffled Executive Committee composed of Jim Wilson (CEO of Atari Inc.), John Needham (CEO of Cryptic Studios Inc.), Fabrice Hamaide (CFO of the Group) and Alexandra Fichelson (General Secretary).

“For the last 2 years, first as a Director of the Board and then as COO, I have contributed to the transformation of Atari. It has been a challenging time, which resulted in a new publishing strategy with a strong online focus and a shift of the operations to the US,” Lapin confirmed in an official statement.

“We will launch our second MMO game – Star Trek Online – in February 2010. I am excited to take on these new responsibilities at this important time and look forward to developing Atari’s strategy to bring the company back to profitability.”??

It should be noted that Lapin held various executive positions at a number of corportations before joining Atari, including RazorGator Interactive Group, Take-Two Interactive Software and THQ.
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