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Random House's New Media boss joins Activision Board

Activision has appointed Richard Sarnoff, president of Random House New Media and Corporate Development Group, as an independent director to its Board of Directors.

Sarnoff's new position at the company is effective immediately. "We welcome Richard to the Activision Board," said Robert Kotick, chairman and CEO, Activision. "His substantial experience in the mobile and wireless arena coupled with his strong corporate development background and distinguished career will be an asset to our Board and management team as we continue to pursue our strategic objectives."

Sarnoff has served as president of Random House New Media and Corporate Development Group since 2000. He is responsible for the company's digital strategy and execution including e-books, print-on-demand, mobile and wireless content, as well as overseeing mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures and start up activities on a global basis. Further, he oversees the company's investments focusing on the intersection of publishing and technology.

Sarnoff previously served as executive vice president and chief financial officer for Random House after its merger in 1998 with Bantam Doubleday Dell. He joined Bantam Doubleday Dell, in 1987, where he held various management positions.