Strauss Zelnick

Publishing executive

Since taking over the troubled Take-Two Interactive last March, Zelnick has dealt with its outstanding legal problems, released the critically acclaimed “BioShock,” overseen the record-breaking launch of “Grand Theft Auto IV” and fended off a takeover attempt by Electronic Arts.

While some debate the wisdom of rejecting EA’s offer, there’s no denying Zelnick has handled it smoothly while developing an impressive new slate, shifting the corporate structure, and trying, thus far unsuccessfully, to bring Take-Two’s sports business into the black.

“I’m really proud of the fact that we have stayed focused through it all,” Zelnick says.

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