Project Management Background Helped Land CIO Job at Atari

The Candidate: Jim O'Keefe

Title: Director of IT

Company: Atari

Location: New York

Revenues: $219 million

Industry: A producer and distributor of interactive video games

Age: 45

Salary: $100,000-plus

Years in company: 12

Career path at Atari: Director of merchandising, senior director of account operations, project manager, then director of IT

How did you get that job, anyway?: It just fell into place. It came down to the realization that the company needed someone with a project management background who understood our business and the technology that goes along with it.

Before Atari: I worked at Nielsen North America as a sales account manager handling many of the Fortune 500 companies in the region.

What was your best career move?: Coming to Atari. I have been able to do a lot.

Stefanie McCann was formerly editor at large at CIO Decisions magazine. Write to her at

This was first published in January 2007

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