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Phil Harrison at the 2006 E3
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Phil Harrison is a former corporate vice president of Microsoft. Previously, Phil was the British corporate executive and a representative director of Sony Computer Entertainment, Inc. (SCEI) and Executive Vice President of Sony Computer Entertainment Europe (SCEE). At E3 in 2005 he showcased the first public realtime demonstrations of PlayStation 3 development hardware which included the famous ducks demo. On 3 March 2008, Infogrames Entertainment SA announced Harrison was their new President and Directeur Général Délégué. On 29 May 2009, it was announced that Harrison had become the non-executive director of Atari, formerly Infogrames Entertainment SA.
From 1989 to 1992, Harrison served as head of development for Mindscape International, and prior to that as a game designer and graphic artist in the UK.
Since joining Sony in 1992, he has held executive management positions in Europe and North America – where he served as Vice President, 3rd Party Relations and Research and Development for Sony Computer Entertainment America from 1996 to 2000. He has been a core member of the teams that successfully launched all of the PlayStation family of hardware formats and software that have helped expand the market for computer entertainment worldwide. A 1995 article in Next Generation called Harrison "Sony Computer Entertainment's European PlayStation primary evangelist."
In September 2005, Sony Computer Entertainment unified its regional product development operations under a global structure, Sony Computer Entertainment Worldwide Studios (SCE WWS), and appointed Harrison to serve as President of the new organization. Working closely with Sony's studios in Japan, Europe and North America, Harrison was responsible for setting the global product strategy and managing development operations of 13 studios in Japan, UK (including Evolution Studios), the Netherlands (Guerrilla Games) and the USA.
On 25 February 2008, Sony announced Harrison's resignation from the company effective 29 February. On 3 March 2008, Infogrames Entertainment SA announced Phil Harrison as their new Directeur Général Délégué. On 29 May 2009, it was announced that Harrison had become the non-executive director of Atari, following the company's shift to a US-based publishing company, and the renaming of Infogrames Entertainment SA to Atari.
On 13 March 2012, it was announced that Phil Harrison had joined the Interactive Entertainment Team at Microsoft.
On 17 April 2015, it was announced that Phil Harrison had left Microsoft Game Studios.
- IGN: Phil Harrison Joins Infogrames
- http://www.gamesindustry.biz/articles/harrison-out-as-atari-president Harrison out as Atari president, 29 May 2009
- Phil Harrison Answers Your Questions, http://slashdot.org, 20 April 2007
- "Digital Disciples: Sony's PlayStation Game Plan". Next Generation. Imagine Media (6): 44–48. June 1995.
- SCE Worldwide Studios President Phil Harrison Resigns Archived 27 February 2008 at the Wayback Machine., Sony press release, 25 Feb 2008
- Nolan Bushnell, Tom Virden, Join Atari Board of Directors Archived 20 September 2015 at the Wayback Machine., That Gaming Site, 19 April 2010
- Harrison, Kaminsky Join Gaikai Advisory Board Archived 29 August 2011 at the Wayback Machine., EDGE Magazine, 17 May 2011
- Former Sony Exec Phil Harrison to join Microsoft, Major Nelson, 13 March 2012