Activision CEO Bobby Kotick was born on March 29th, 1952, in New York City, New York
On March 27th, 2008, Activision Blizzard announced that Robert A. Kotick had been appointed as CEO and president of Activision Blizzard, replacing Dennis Durkin. The latter would be retiring at the end of the year. Bobby has been with Activision since 1991, when he replaced Ron Doherty as founding CEO, and has since helped shape it into what is now one of the world’s largest video game companies with over $4 billion in revenue. Bobby graduated from Brown University (1974) and Harvard Business School (1978).
In the past, he has held positions at several leading industry companies, including:
President, Bally Corporation (August 1987 – December 1990), which included responsibilities for operations, product development, and marketing of all Bally-Stern arcade, pinball, and video games as well as electronic gaming machines;
Tiger Management Corporation (April – August 1990) as Managing Director;
Chairman and CEO of Mediagenic Corp. (August 1990 to November 1991).
As Activision CEO an avid entrepreneur who is always looking for new opportunities. Before starting his current role at Activision, Bobby was Chairman of Consolidated Press Holdings Ltd., a public company listed on the Australian Stock Exchange. His other previous positions include:
Chairman, President, and CEO of Valuation Research Corporation (a venture capital firm), January 1991 to December 1991;
Managing Director of Tiger Management Corporation, April 1990 to August 1990;
Chairman and CEO of Mediagenic Corp., August 1990 to November 1991;
President and CEO of MYOB Software (from its founding in September 1989 until his resignation in February 1991);
Before that, he was associated with several other ventures, including General Partner at Pequot Ventures, Inc., June 1985 – January 1989; Founder and Chairman of Megatronics, Inc. which became Activision Software International Ltd. Activision CEO has also been involved in a number of charitable projects and organizations. In 2004 he co-founded The Call of Duty Endowment with Steven Spielberg and was recently elected to this board as a director. The Endowment was designed to help veterans find work after they have left the armed services.
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