Infogrames co-founder Bruno Bonnell has left his varied positions at the company and Atari Inc., which Infogrames acquired in 2000. Since then, Bonnell has served as chairman of the board, chief creative officer, acting chief financial officer and a director for Atari. Effective immediately, he also ankles his chief executive officer and director posts at Infogrames, and all other positions with the company’s subsidiaries.
“Since 2000 I have had the privilege of carrying the Atari flag in our industry,’ Bonnell comments. ‘I wish the very best to all the teams moving on with the company, and I have no doubt in their talent and experiences to bring Atari Inc. to the top.”
Atari president and CEO David Pierce says, “Bruno Bonnell is a legend in the video games business. He was one of the early participants in the industry as we know it, and was responsible for major successes both on the creative and on the corporate side. We wish Bruno success with any future undertakings, and as a result of his dedication and efforts with Atari, Inc., we are well-positioned for our future endeavors.”
Based in New York, Atari develops interactive games for all platforms and is a third-party publisher of interactive entertainment software in the U.S. Financial struggles led the company to overhaul its senior management team and close two key U.S. publishing studios in Santa Monica, Calif., and Beverly, Mass. The company also re-examined it product portfolio and decided to focus on core franchises and drop other titles. James Caparro stepped down from the CEO post in June of that year and layoffs reduced the company’s workforce by 20% in Feb. of 2006.