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Bushnell rejoins Atari as Harrison, Gardner, Bozek resign

Tuesday, 20th April 2010 11:08 GMT By Johnny Cullen

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Atari’s announced its founder Nolan Bushnell has rejoined the company on its board of directors.

Of his return, Bushnell said “The company and its iconic brands have always been important to me, and I look forward to further guiding them at the board level”.

As well as his arrival and that of online entrepreneur Tom Virden onto the board, the move sees ex-president and Sony WWS boss Phil Harrison and former CEO and EA veteran David Gardner fully resign from the company.

After the pair gave up their respective roles following the takeover from Namco Bandai in Europe, they took up seats in the board of directors until yesterday’s announcement.

The firm’s also confirmed to Develop that ex-Singstar designer Paulina Bozek has quit the company: she was head of an online-based studio in London.

She moved to the firm in September 2008, six months after Harrison had resigned from Sony to join Atari.

Thanks, MCV.

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  1. cookiejar

    Big Phil should of stayed with Sony.

    Shame things didn’t work out at Atari.

    #1 4 years ago
  2. Galactic_Barret

    I don’t know if Sony would welcome you back, but you definitely shouldn’t have left for a sinking ship in the first place. That didn’t make much sense.

    #2 4 years ago
  3. Blerk

    I’m starting the “Phil is going to be the new European marketing VP for Microsoft now that David Gosen’s gone” rumour. :-D

    In other news, still seems over for Atari. Nolan did that whole ‘modern games are shit’ rant thing just a few months back, didn’t he?

    #3 4 years ago
  4. Boris Fett

    It seems a bit strange calling Nolan Bushnell their “founder” seeing as this Atari is Atari in name only, and has absolutely nothing to do with the original company that he founded.

    #4 4 years ago
  5. mojo

    4: with the return of nolan they surely start smoking weed again.

    #5 4 years ago
  6. Old MacDonald

    4: True, I was not aware that Bushnell founded Infogrames.

    #6 4 years ago
  7. Galactic_Barret

    Didn’t they sell/lose most of their IPs anyway. Someone should buy them.

    #7 4 years ago