Last year, in a major coup for the fledgling company, Atari managed to hire former Sony Worldwide Studios boss Phil Harrison to serve as President. Now? Now he’s no longer President.
According to a statement made by Atari as part of the company’s fiscal year report:
Because of a shift of business operations to the US, Phil Harrison will move from the role of President to that of non-executive Director of the Group. As all Board members, he will continue to assist, support and guide the Company’s strategy.
He’s still sticking around, sure, but the whole “non-executive” thing makes his new job title sound awfully ceremonial.
Which is a shame for Atari, since Harrison is one of the most prominent and successful public faces a company can hope for in this business.
But it must be a bigger shame for Phil, since you only ever get one chance in a lifetime to have a business card that says “Directeur Général Délégué”.
We’ll contact Atari in the morning, and try to get a clearer idea of what this move means for both Atari and Harrison, along with who, exactly, will be replacing him (the company’s report does not specifically name a replacement).