As we reported a short while ago, Sony Computer Entertainment Worldwide Studios president Phil Harrison resigned his position amid a flurry of speculation. Today, Atari confirmed that Harrison has been appointed to their mother company, Infogrames, as president, working beside their new CEO David Gardner.

"This is the perfect time to join Infogrames and help shape the future of Atari - one of the industry's legendary brands. As the game business moves rapidly online I believe we have an outstanding opportunity to create amazing network game and community experiences for players the world over," said Harrison.

"I am especially excited to be working on this challenge together with David, one of the most respected leaders and successful executives in our industry."

The back-scratching and high-fiving continues:

Gardner: "I am pleased to welcome Phil to Infogrames. He has an outstanding reputation in the industry, as one of the key leaders behind the success of PlayStation. We have been seeking an opportunity to work together for some time and I am certain he will be able to make a significant contribution to the publishing strategy of the Group."

Infogrames recently announced a 0.8 percent rise in nine-month sales, helped by growth in Europe and Asia.