Bruno Bonnell leaves Infogrames, Atari

Top executive leaves game publisher and well-known subsidiary after debt restructuring program finishes.

Bruno Bonnell has left all his positions at Infogrames, it was announced today, and has been replaced as the publisher's chairman and CEO by director Patrick Leleu.

Bonnell was one of the founders of Infogrames Entertainment in June 1983 and has been chairman and chief creative officer of the company since its foundation. He also served Infogrames subsidiary Atari as chairman of the board, chief creative officer, acting chief financial officer, and director.

Bonnell was previously the CEO of Atari as well, stepping down in 2004, and then taking back the reins on an interim basis months later when his replacement abruptly quit. Last September, Bonnell relinquished the position once more when he named David Pierce Atari's latest president and CEO.

Patrick Leleu will now be taking over the role of Infogrames chairman and CEO. Leleu has been a director of Infogrames since January, has held positions of CEO of Bouygues Telecom between 1994 and 2001, and was also previously chairman of Noos, a cable network operator, between 2001 and 2005.

Over the past few years, Infogrames has been implementing a global debt restructuring plan, which included undergoing a one-for-10 reverse stock split in January to stay listed on the Nasdaq.

Bonnell commented, "It is with understandable emotions, but also reassured about its future, that I leave Infogrames after 24 years spent to build this group with the support of all its teams. Together, we have been able to show its strength and capacity to innovate, even in the worst situations. Time for business developers has logically come, after the entrepreneurial period. It's now time for Infogrames to conquer and progress on a market as promising as interactive entertainment business."

As of press time, Atari stock was trading for $4, up more than 12 percent from its $3.57 close yesterday.

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rokkuman09
rokkuman09

Wow can't believe he left after 24 years of working there..

theKSMM
theKSMM

It's always a little bit sad to see the old guard move on...

VegetaMaelstrom
VegetaMaelstrom

Although the stock is up, it still looks like Bruno has jumped off of a sinking ship with his golden parachute. Heres hoping EA snatches him up.

zsc4
zsc4

Is this a good or bad thing :?

KarthikKane
KarthikKane

Little too late. He's the reason why Alone in the Dark franchise got worse. He screwed Fredrick Raynol(AITD1, Twinsen) over royalties and forced the team to release a quick sequel to the first game.

Pete5506
Pete5506

well lets hope this helps them out

racerx737
racerx737

wow Atari's stock is really booming ...

ScreamDream
ScreamDream

All Atari has to do is put out one of thier OLD classics and revamp it into a good 3D game. I'm still waiting Atari.

TorugotoShinsan
TorugotoShinsan

Bonnell is gone? Aww so that means no Hogs of War 2?

gord_mose
gord_mose

Infogrames had some pretty great games on the Amiga in the mid-eighties. That was a great time with solid European support.

mrjasler
mrjasler

this is good news.. maybe the stock will go up now

KickinIt_ftw
KickinIt_ftw

Awsome. I hope they gave you some golden earmuffs to go with the parachute.

WolfSkill5544
WolfSkill5544

I hope that with this change, Atari gets back on their feet, and start making quality games now.

comthitnuong
comthitnuong

Atari's recent games haven't been too impressive... At least IMO. Maybe his leaving will allow Atari to put out some better games.

nobeaner
nobeaner

Take care Bonnell. I hope you find something creative to do next.

mixhawkeye
mixhawkeye

This hella affects me...lol pfft

Rocha70
Rocha70

I remember when I'd see his name on the old Infogrames games. Alone in the Dark, Prisoner of Ice. Those were some classic games. Au revoir, Bruno.