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Bungie's President Steps Down, New Chief Executive Appointed

There’s been a shuffle among the top ranks of Bungie this morning, with the studio announcing the departure of their president and the introduction of a new CEO.

In a post on their website, Bungie’s executive board said studio president Harold Ryan would be “stepping down from his position”. No further information was given about the reason for the move, although the new chief executive, Pete Parsons, wanted to iterate that Destiny was a “one-of-a-kind experience” and that players have not yet enjoyed Bungie’s “best work”.

“My new role here at the studio will be entirely focused on fulfilling that promise,” Parsons added in a short statement.

Ryan’s first jobs in gaming included working as a configuration and QA tester, and he was credited as the test manager on the original Halo. Ryan became a studio manager at Bungie in 2006 before eventually becoming the president of Bungie in 2008.

The former CEO was inadvertently brought into the spotlight last year, however, as part of proceedings brought against Bungie by Martin O’Donnell. It was reported in 2014 that Ryan was ordered to pay just over US$95,000 for unpaid work, holiday leave, penalties and legal fees after O’Donnell was fired “without cause”.


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