Larry Probst

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Larry Probst
Born (1950-06-03) June 3, 1950 (age 64)
Alma mater University of Delaware
Occupation Executive Chairman, Electronic Arts
Employer U.S. Olympic Committee
Title USOC Chairman of the Board (2008-present)
Board member of
Electronic Arts
Spouse(s) Nancy Probst
Children 2

Lawrence F. "Larry" Probst III is an American businessman who is best known for his work with the video game maker Electronic Arts, including acting as CEO from 1991 until 2007 and again briefly in 2013. [1] [2] He is also the president of the USOC United States Olympic Committee.

Life and career[edit]

Probst is the son of Ruth (née Gallagher) and Lawrence F. Probst, Jr.[3] He holds a Bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Delaware. Probst worked for Johnson & Johnson and Clorox before being recruited into the video game industry through Activision in 1982. In 1984 he joined EA as Vice President for Sales. He is the current Chairman and former Chief Executive Officer of the company. When President and Chief Operating Officer John Riccitiello resigned in April 2004, Probst became his successor. Riccitiello was re-hired as CEO in 2007, Probst then retained his non-operational duties as Chairman.

According to EA's 2005 Annual Report, Probst is the biggest individual shareholder in EA, owning 739,761 shares and the right to acquire a further 3.1 million, which combined accounts for 1.2 percent of the company. Probst sits on the boards of two cancer research groups: the V Foundation[4] and ABC2.[5]

In 2008, he was made the U.S. Olympic Committee[6] Chairman of the Board. He became an IOC member at the 125th IOC Session in Buenos Aires in September 2013.[7]

He has a wife, Nancy, and two sons, Scott and Chip.

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