Atari Names Wim Stocks Executive Vice President.Business Editors
NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 18, 2003
Atari, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATAR), a leading global publisher and developer of interactive entertainment, announced that it has named industry veteran Wim Stocks, Executive Vice President of the Company, responsible for Sales, Licensing, Marketing, Distribution and Logistics in North America North America, third largest continent (1990 est. pop. 365,000,000), c.9,400,000 sq mi (24,346,000 sq km), the northern of the two continents of the Western Hemisphere. , Latin/South America, Australia and the Pacific Rim Pacific Rim, term used to describe the nations bordering the Pacific Ocean and the island countries situated in it. In the post–World War II era, the Pacific Rim has become an increasingly important and interconnected economic region. region.
"There are very few people who can match Wim's depth of experience in the interactive entertainment industry, particularly in Sales and Marketing, which are so closely connected in our business," said Bruno Bonnell Bruno Bonnell is one of the founders of Infogrames Entertainment SA. A qualified chemical engineer, Bonnell received a degree in economics at the Université Paris IX. He began his long career on the Thomson TO7, one of the earliest French-produced home computers, before founding , Chairman and CEO (1) (Chief Executive Officer) The highest individual in command of an organization. Typically the president of the company, the CEO reports to the Chairman of the Board. of Atari. "Atari is a global Company with one of the most recognized brands in the industry, and by consolidating vital areas such as these under one person's leadership, we enhance our ability to deliver a cohesive message to our most important audiences: consumers and retailers."
In his new position, Mr. Stocks oversees a sales/licensing force of more than 50 people, a product/brand marketing organization of 50 people, and a product distribution network that services more than 22,000 outlets in North America, ranging from mass merchants and superstores to specialty stores, office superstores and wholesale clubs, as well as online retailers. In addition to distributing titles developed and acquired by Atari, the sales team also handles the distribution of the Company's third-party and affiliate label product lines. Mr. Stocks is also responsible for Customer Service and Logistics; Fulfillment; Warehouse Operations; Manufacturing; and for establishing the Company's sales policies and procedures Policies and Procedures are a set of documents that describe an organization's policies for operation and the procedures necessary to fulfill the policies. They are often initiated because of some external requirement, such as environmental compliance or other governmental , as well as product pricing structures. He also manages the Company's operations in Latin America/South America, Israel, Australia, and the Asia Pac territories.
Previously, Mr. Stocks had been Senior Vice President, Sales, Distribution and Service for the Company since January 2000 when it acquired GT Interactive, where he had held the same position since 1998. Mr. Stocks joined GT Interactive in 1996 with Sales & Marketing oversight for its Value Division.
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New York-based Atari, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATAR) develops interactive games for all platforms and is one of the largest third-party publishers of interactive entertainment software in the U.S. The Company's 1,000+ titles include hard-core, genre-defining games such as Driver(TM), Enter the Matrix(TM), Neverwinter Nights(TM), Stuntman stunt·man
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stuntman (TM), Test Drive(R), Unreal(R) Tournament 2003, and Unreal(R) Championship; and mass-market and children's games such as Backyard Sports(TM), Nickelodeon's Blue's Clues(TM) and Dora the Explorer Dora the Explorer is an animated television series that is carried on the Nickelodeon cable television network. A pilot episode for the series aired in 1999, and Dora the Explorer became a regular series in 2000. (TM), Civilization(R), Dragon Ball Z “DBZ” redirects here. For the meteorological term, see dBZ (meteorology).
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A firm in which more than 50% of outstanding voting stock is owned by the parent company. of France-based Infogrames Entertainment SA (Euronext 5257), the largest interactive games publisher in Europe. For more information, visit www.atari.com.