EA CFO resigns

Eric Brown departing publisher for communications tech company Polycom; former McAfee, Logitech IT manager named chief technology officer.

Electronic Arts is losing one of its top executives. The company today announced that chief financial officer Eric Brown is leaving EA.

EA is losing one of its top staffers.

While EA searches for a replacement, eight-year company veteran Ken Barker will fill the vacant role as interim CFO. Brown had served as CFO at EA since 2008.

According to an EA statement, Brown has decided to join communications technology company Polycom to become more deeply involved in operations.

In addition to the departure of Brown, EA announced today that it has hired former McAfee, Logitech, and Cisco information systems manager Mark Tonnesen to become senior vice president and chief information officer at EA. Tonnesen will report to EA CTO Rajat Taneja.

Last week, EA reported its holiday quarter financial results, showing a $205 million net loss during the quarter on $1.06 billion in total revenue.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

Discussion

13 comments
parrot_of_adun
parrot_of_adun

@spoonybard-hahs But in that way, any CFO would likely have come to the same conclusion. What I mean is that losing this guy likely isn't a sign of any notable change on that front, at least not that we'll notice.

spoonybard-hahs
spoonybard-hahs

@parrot_of_adun Yes and no. He might not have came up with the idea, but it was up to him to prove whether or not it would be a profitable move. Which, so far (for EA, at least), it has been. $13 billion in essentially free money is nothing to sneeze at.

Richardthe3rd
Richardthe3rd

The CFO deals with things like fiscal policy and financial reporting to shareholders. This will likely have little noticeable impact on general operations within EA, if any. At least as far as the general public is concerned. Not the same as if, say, Peter Moore or Ricciotiello left.

pszone
pszone

gamespot sort your comments borad cant see my mg

pszone
pszone

Begining of fall of EA since they spend a lot money on moblie games well i think they not selling. On top of that i think some this years games not going to sell well. EA always lie on Bioware and Dice to make better EA Games since Mass Affect 3 going to sell big from EA . But one game not enough to keep EA Big. And thats what you get for destroying syndicate and i dont think that going to sell the new vision.

HSV002
HSV002

First signs of a company that may be slipping a bit, not a good sign when a CFO decides to leave a big company like this.

ZOD777
ZOD777

I wonder how much crap he stuffed into his pockets and how much money he siphoned into his account after taking his last bonus check before quitting.

parrot_of_adun
parrot_of_adun

Guys, he was the CFO, chief officer (i.e. mainly responsible for finances and record keeping). He had little to nothing to do with any online passes, or anything we could really have noticed.

ZOD777
ZOD777

I wonder how much crap he stuffed in his pockets and how much money he siphoned into his account before taking his last bonus check on the way out.

Yulaw2000
Yulaw2000

Hopefully the next guy will realise its not a good idea to alienate your customer's with online Passes and a intrusive online store.

Jinzo_111887
Jinzo_111887

Maybe this is a sign online passes are not a good idea. Especially when you consider the fact that EA came up with them first, if I'm not mistaken.