Take-Two CFO steps down amid investigation

Take-Two Interactive Software, publisher of the Grand Theft Auto game franchise, announced Monday that company Chief Financial Officer Karl Winters has resigned, effective immediately.

Winters' resignation comes at a tumultuous time for the company, whose shareholders ousted former CEO Paul Eibeler and three directors, claiming they were at the center of a stock options backdating scandal. Take-Two announced last week it had received a letter from the Securities and Exchange Commission saying it is under formal investigation for its stock-options practices.

Take Two's senior vice president of finance, Lainie Goldstein, will serve as interim CFO until a permanent replacement is named, the company said in a statement. Goldstein has been with the company since late 2003.

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