It is not clear who will replace Robert Altman as CEO of ZeniMax Media.
Robert A. Altman, the founder and CEO of Bethesda parent company ZeniMax, has passed away. News of Altman’s passing was shared on Twitter via the official Bethesda account. Robert Altman was 74 years old and is survived by his wife Lynda Carter and their two children.
The message shared by Bethesda on Twitter reflected on the career of the ZeniMax founder. “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.” During the pandemic, Altman would send out an email to ZeniMax staff every week to keep in touch. In remembrance, Bethesda decided to share one of those messages.
In the message, Altman shared some of his discoveries as he adjusted to work from home life. He went on to encourage everyone at the company to make time for themselves “knowing this will pass.” Altman’s message to ZeniMax ends with him saying that he was “Looking forward to being back together.”
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
Prior to founding ZeniMax in 1999 with Bethesda founder Christopher Weaver, Altman was a lawyer in Washington D.C. He also served on the advisory board of the George Washington University Law School. In 1984, Robert Altman married former WonderWoman actress Lynda Carter.
It’s unclear where Altman’s passing will leave ZeniMax Media. The company, which was recently purchased by Microsoft, has multiple studios under its umbrella. Besides Bethesda, Arkane Studios, ID Software, and Machine Games are all under ZeniMax.