‘He was an extraordinary leader, and an even better human being’
Bethesda announced that Robert A. Altman, the co-founder and CEO of ZeniMax, has passed away.
“He was a true visionary, friend, and believer in the spirit of people and the power of what they could accomplish together,” Bethesda said. “He was an extraordinary leader, and an even better human being.”
We are deeply saddened to tell you of the passing of Robert A. Altman, our Founder and CEO. He was a true visionary, friend, and believer in the spirit of people and the power of what they could accomplish together. He was an extraordinary leader, and an even better human being. pic.twitter.com/FZFsVtHc5t
— Bethesda (@bethesda) February 4, 2021
In its statement – viewable in full on Twitter – Bethesda said it was “proud to carry on the values and principles Robert taught us,” and extended its “deepest sympathies to Robert’s family [his wife Lynda Carter and two children], who are a part of our family and have always treated us as part of theirs.”
— Lynda Carter (@RealLyndaCarter) February 10, 2021
Current and former employees of ZeniMax – to say nothing of subsidiaries including id Software, Arkane, Tango Gameworks, and MachineGames – have shared their condolences and memories.
In the first months of wfh, Altman sent weekly e-mails to the whole company and the words he offered brought normalcy and comfort to a lot of us in a hard time. Even in such a big company, his presence was a constant for those on every level and his loss is felt extremely. https://t.co/VH4vGmTnnA
— ðŸ‚Ju Li KhawðŸ‚ (@Juleshortstuff) February 4, 2021
I only met Robert once when he visited the studio. However from my almost 8 years at id/Bethesda/Zenimax I can say without a doubt that Robert was a great leader and he truly believed in what we were doing at id and the other Zenimax studios. He will be missed. https://t.co/NXGCJJoa6m
— Davis Scherer (@DavisScherer) February 4, 2021
This is a rough one for me, folks. I I’ve worked at Bethesda for nearly 12 years, and I’m not sure many people can say they were known by name by the head of such a large org. But that wasn’t unique to me; that’s the experience of so many of my colleagues. Condolences to all. https://t.co/lKGFkbb67O
— ðŸŽ¶ Jen Tonon ðŸŽ¶ – #JT20 Out NOW! (@JenTonon) February 4, 2021