Dale drives back to Rockstar as COO


Take-Two Interactive has announced that its popular Rockstar Games publishing label has found a new chief operating officer. The "Grand Theft Auto" publisher has appointed former Capcom executive Gary Dale as Rockstar's new COO, effective immediately.

 Although Dale was most recently the European managing director for Capcom (since 2003), he does have a good deal of history with Take-Two and Rockstar. During 1994 through 1998, Dale served as president of the Interactive Software and Video Division of BMG Entertainment until Take-Two acquired BMG Interactive in March 1998. During his tenure, Dale oversaw the release of more than 30 games, including "Grand Theft Auto"  from DMA Design, which later became Rockstar North.

 "We are delighted to bring Gary back to Rockstar Games," said Sam Houser, founder and executive producer of Rockstar Games. "Based on our long history of working together, Gary has a deep understanding of our mission to create compelling games that will propel interactive entertainment to the center of the entertainment industry. The addition of Gary's expertise in marketing and publishing operations to our management team will play an important role in helping us to capitalize on the substantial opportunities we see ahead of us."

 Dale added, "Having been involved in the formation of what later became Rockstar Games, I am now thrilled to become a member of the team at such an exciting time. Rockstar Games has built an impressive portfolio of internal development resources and valuable franchises, and I look forward to helping Rockstar Games continue to define the interactive entertainment landscape in the next-generation era."

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