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Bruno Bonnell

President & General Director, Robopolis

Mr. Bruno Bonnell is one of the founders of Infogrames Entertainment SA. A qualified chemical engineer, Bonnell received a degree in economics at the Université Paris IX.

He began his long career on the Thomson TO7, one of the earliest French-produced home computers, before founding Infogrames in June 1983 at the age of 25 with Christophe Sapet and Thomas Schmider. He has been chairman and chief creative officer of the company from 1983 to 2007. He was also chief executive officer of the company between 1983 and 2004.

Mr. Bonnell is known for spearheading many of the takeovers of many smaller (and a few larger) development studios over the 1980s and 1990s, most notably British development house Ocean Software and Atari, as well as GT Interactive, Accolade, Gremlin Graphics and Hasbro Interactive.

In 1995, he was elected president of the Syndicat des Editeurs de Logiciels de Loisirs (SELL), a French games developers' association. He has worked together with French broadcaster Canal Plus to create the television channel Game One, which was specifically aimed at a gaming audience.

In 2007, he resigned from his positions at Atari and Infogrames, and in 2008, he joined zSlide, a company based near Paris.