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Atari, Inc. Appoints Philip Veneziano as Chief Financial Officer

September 15, 2009

NEW YORK, Sept. 15 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Atari, Inc. (OTC Pink Sheets: ATAR), an interactive entertainment company, announced today the appointment of Philip Veneziano as its Chief Financial Officer, effective immediately. The announcement was made by Atari CEO and President, Jim Wilson to whom Veneziano will report.

Veneziano brings to Atari a breadth of experience directing the accounting and finance functions in companies ranging from start-up organizations with fast-track hyper-growth to multi-national Fortune 50 organizations. In his new role as CFO, he will be responsible for Atari’s finance, accounting, IT and various administrative functions.

“I am pleased to bring Philip to our executive leadership team at a pivotal time in Atari’s strategic growth plan. His deep experience working with both blue-chip and emerging companies will benefit our organization as we continue to build Atari’s future roadmap,” said Wilson.

On his nomination, Philip Veneziano said, “I look forward to working with the Atari team as it continues to take advantage of its growth opportunity in North America. This company, which is recognized internationally as a leader in entertainment software, presents a tremendous opportunity to gain market share.”

Most recently, Veneziano served as Vice President, Finance for TheLadders.com Inc., the online career services management firm, where he was responsible for overseeing all budgeting, forecasting and planning within the company. Veneziano also assisted in the reorganization of the internal financial statement reporting process, providing timely and relevant financial information to department heads.

Prior to TheLadders.com, he held numerous financial management roles within News Corporation, the publicly traded international media and entertainment company, including Vice President, Finance-Fox Television Stations, Inc. While at Fox, he was responsible for the consolidated financial planning and analysis function of the 35 owned and operated television stations, including 9 duopoly markets. During his tenure with News Corporation he also served as Controller, Fox Television Stations, Inc., and Assistant Corporate Controller.

Prior to joining News Corporation, Phil held various financial management roles at Everest Broadband Networks, Juno Online Services, American Sky Broadcasting and Lifetime Hoan Corporation. Phil started his career in public accounting at Richard A. Eisner & Company. Phil holds a BS in Accounting from the Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania and is a Certified Public Accountant.

About Atari

The Atari group, mainly comprised of the Atari brand, Atari catalogue of IPs, Cryptic Studios Inc., Eden Games and its newly created London studio, is a global creator, producer and publisher of interactive entertainment software for all market segments and all interactive game platforms including consoles from Microsoft, Nintendo and Sony, advanced smartphones, Personal Computers, web and online. Its games are sold in more than 50 countries through an international distribution network; Atari also distributes video games notably in North America, through its US subsidiary Atari Inc. and direct to consumers via www.atari.com.

Atari benefits from an extensive catalogue of popular games based on original franchises (Test Drive, Alone in the Dark, V-Rally, My Horse & Me, Backyard Sports franchise, Total Annihilation, etc.), Cryptic Studios titles (Star Trek Online, Champions Online), publishing properties (Ghostbusters, The Chronicles of Riddick, Race Pro etc.), international licenses (Dungeons & Dragons, Jamie Oliver etc.) and classic games covering the entire history of the video game industry (Pong, Missile Command, Asteroids etc).

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SOURCE Atari, Inc.


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