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Phil Harrison named president of Infogrames

Former Sony worldwide studios boss Phil Harrison has taken the position of president of Infogrames, working beside newly appointed CEO David Gardner.

Former Sony worldwide studios boss Phil Harrison has taken the position of president of Infogrames, working beside newly appointed CEO David Gardner.

As revealed by GamesIndustry.bizlast week, Harrison has joined the reinvigorated Atari brand, with the respected veteran now in charge of pushing the company's software business into the online space.

"This is the perfect time to join Infogrames and help shape the future of Atari - one of the industry's legendary brands. As the game business moves rapidly online I believe we have an outstanding opportunity to create amazing network game and community experiences for players the world over.

"I am especially excited to be working on this challenge together with David, one of the most respected leaders and successful executives in our industry," said Harrison.

Harrison joined Sony in 1992 - two years prior to the launch of the PlayStation in Japan - and was responsible for building the SCEE London Studio. He has overseen a large number of high-profile successes, including titles such as EyeToy, SingStar and the forthcoming PlayStation Home project.

After serving as SCEA's vice president of third party relations and research and development from 1996 to 2000, Harrison returned to the UK and became head of Sony Worldwide Studios. He announced his resignation from Sony last week.

CEO Gardner told GamesIndustry.biz today that the company is refocusing its business on the online markets, leveraging the Atari name with the intention of becoming an industry leader in the sector.

"That's where we need to get a lot smarter, a lot quicker, and use this famous brand," said Gardner.

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