NEW YORK, July 11: Atari, Inc. (OTC Pink Sheets: ATAR), an interactive entertainment company, announced today the appointment of marketing veteran Jeff Reese as its Vice President of Marketing, reporting to Jim Wilson, CEO and President of Atari, Inc.
"Jeff brings extraordinary industry and marketing expertise to Atari at one of the company's most exciting times," said Mr. Wilson. "I am pleased he is joining our leadership team and look forward to his success."
Said Mr. Reese, "With its iconic brand and established games portfolio, Atari is uniquely poised for growth. I look forward to joining the new leadership team to drive innovation, build further momentum and refresh the legacy behind this famed brand and company."
As Vice President of Marketing Mr. Reese will lead the development and execution of product and brand marketing strategies for Atari's North American retail and online businesses. In his role he will oversee all consumer and retail marketing activities and contribute to development of the company's publishing and third party distribution initiatives.
Most recently, Mr. Reese served as Director of Marketing for Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. (SCEA), where he was responsible for setting PlayStation's First Party software product marketing roadmap and annual sales targets to deliver on revenue goals. Among his other accomplishments at SCEA, Mr. Reese managed all media strategies, advertising, consumer insights, and brand positioning to drive marketing campaign development and franchise growth across the company's product portfolio. Mr. Reese was also responsible for PlayStation's first EFFIE award for a new software product launch.
Prior to joining SCEA, Mr. Reese was the Group Manager, Worldwide Marketing for Intel Corporation where he handled brand development, global marketing campaigns, and overall growth strategies. During his time at Intel, Mr. Reese led Intel's most successful platform debut with the launch of the Centrino Mobile Technology brand, in addition to leading Pentium 4 processor PC gaming initiatives. Before joining Intel, Mr. Reese was an Account Supervisor for Hal Riney&Partners where he was responsible for establishing and growing the Saturn Corp. business and launching the EV1 from General Motors through strategic planning, creative and media campaign development, and successful integrated national and regional efforts.
Mr. Reese got his start in marketing as an Account Executive at Biederman, Kelly and Shaffer Advertising where he supported the re-launch of the Cadillac brand by targeting a younger audience which contributed to increased annual sales.
Mr. Reese holds a BS in Communications, TV Production, and Marketing from Hofstra University.
About Atari, Inc.
New York-based Atari, Inc. (OTC Pink Sheets: ATAR) publishes and distributes interactive entertainment software in the U.S. The 1,000+ titles that are published and distributed by the Company include hard-core, genre-defining franchises such as Test Drive ® ; and mass-market and children's franchises such as Dragon Ball Z ® . Atari, Inc. is a majority-owned subsidiary of France-based Infogrames Entertainment SA (Euronext - ISIN: FR- 0010478248), an interactive games publisher in Europe. For more information, visit http://www.atari.com.
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