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Bungie president Harold Ryan steps down, Pete Parsons taking over

Michael McWhertor is a journalist with more than 17 years of experience covering video games, technology, movies, TV, and entertainment.

Destiny developer Bungie has a new boss. According to an announcement released by the company today, former president Harold Ryan has left the studio and Pete Parsons, who's served as executive producer and chief operating officer at Bungie since 2002, will take the reins as CEO.

Parsons released the following statement as part of the announcement:

I want to personally thank Harold for his friendship, passion, hard work, and dedication in helping make Bungie the great company it is today. As a team, we celebrated many victories and weathered many storms.

To the players of Destiny, I want you to know that my number one priority, and Bungie's, is and always has been to deliver great games that we can all share together. I believe that Destiny is a one-of-a-kind experience. I also believe you have yet to see our studio's best work. My new role here at the studio will be entirely focused on fulfilling that promise.

Ryan had been with Bungie since 2000, serving as studio head, president and chairman of the board of directors. Ryan joins Joseph Staten and Marty O'Donnell as part of a group of high-profile departures from the studio over the past few years.

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