Paul Eibeler

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Paul Eibeler
Born (1955-07-26)July 26, 1955
Hicksville, New York
Known for CEO of Take-Two Interactive, Chairman, COKeM International, Chairman of Viking Products, Trustee Loyola University Maryland

Paul Eibeler was CEO of Take-Two Interactive between 2005 and 2007.

Early life[edit]

Eibler was born on July 26, 1955 in Hicksville, New York. He attended Holy Trinity High School where he excelled in basketball and this enabled him to earn an athletic scholarship to Loyola College of Maryland. He was awarded the ECAC Merit Medal in his senior year and graduated in 1978 with a Bachelor of Arts degree.[citation needed].

Tenure at Take-Two Interactive[edit]

In July 2000 Eibeler joined Take-Two Interactive as president and director. In April 2003 he left Take-Two after a medical leave,[1] and returned as president and director in April 2004. Replacing Ryan Brant who was ensnared in investigations of accounting irregularity.[2] In February 2005 Eibeler was named CEO. In March 2007 Eibeler resigned as CEO after a proxy battle.[3]

Most notable events during Eibler's management:

  • In July 2005, CEO Eibeler oversaw a Federal Trade Commission investigation into advertising practices and claims.[4]
  • In July 2005, Eibeler oversaw the rating change of best-selling game Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas from "Mature" to "Adult" and the resulting drop in distribution.[5]
  • In late 2005, CNBC commentator Herb Greenberg named Eibeler the worst American CEO of that year.[6]
  • In 2006 Eibeler oversaw investigations into backdating of options for former Take-Two executives which resulted in the company's founder, Ryan Brant pleading guilty and was convicted of a felony.[7]
  • Throughout his tenure, CEO Eibeler oversaw a groundswell of political pressure against Take-Two from the political right, and from conservative activist Jack Thompson.[8] Penny Arcade came to Eibeler's defense after attacks by Thompson and donated $10,000 to charity. Thompson has since been disbarred.[9]
  • Take-Two grew from $250 million in revenue to over $1.5 billion, the company's market capitalization increased from $250 million to over $1.5 billion[10] and employee numbers grew from 200 to 2000.
  • The shareholder base included key funds such as Fidelity, Legg Mason, Seligman, Oppenheimer, etc.
  • The company developed over 30 million major unit titles including the Grand Theft Auto franchise, Midnight Club, Max Payne, Sid Meier's Civilization, Bioshock, Carnival Games, and maintained premier relationships with the National Football League, the National Basketball Association, the National Hockey League and Major League Baseball through the 2K Sports division.
  • Take-Two's stock rose 198% from $7.58 per share in July 2000 to $15.01 a share in April 2003. Upon returning in 2004, shares rose 26% from $23.46 in April 2004 to a high of $29.34 in June 2005.[11]

Other roles[edit]

On August 3, 2009, SouthPeak Games announced that Eibeler had joined its board of directors. “His depth of experience will certainly be an asset to SouthPeak growth as a major publisher,” said Terry Phillips, Chairman of SouthPeak.[12]

Personal life[edit]

Eibeler is married to his wife Mary for more than 30 years and has three children[citation needed]. He currently lives in Long Island.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Take-Two Reports 58% Increase In Profit". NY Times. 2005-05-03. Retrieved 2009-06-26. 
  2. ^ Worst CEO: Paul Eibeler of Take-Two Commentary: Earnings misses, game miscues make case , by Herb Greenberg, 8 December 2005, Marketwatch.com
  3. ^ "Take-Two: Eibeler Ousted". Edge. 2007-03-30. Retrieved 2009-07-31. 
  4. ^ "FTC to Investigate Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas". TeamXbox.com. 2005-07-27. Retrieved 2009-06-26. 
  5. ^ "Sex content leads to adult rating for 'Theft'". CNET News. 2005-07-20. Retrieved 2009-06-26. 
  6. ^ Worst CEO: Paul Eibeler of Take-Two Commentary: Earnings misses, game miscues make case , by Herb Greenberg, 8 December 2005, Marketwatch.com
  7. ^ "Take-Two Ex-Chief Sentenced to 5 Years of Probation". CNET News. 2007-08-01. Retrieved 2009-06-26. 
  8. ^ See "A Modest Video Game Proposal"
  9. ^ "Jack Thompson Disbarred". Wired. 2008-09-25. Retrieved 2009-06-26. 
  10. ^ http://finance.yahoo.com
  11. ^ http://finance.yahoo.com
  12. ^ http://investor.southpeakgames.com/phoenix.zhtml?c=198218&p=irol-newsArticle&ID=1316001&highlight=