Jack Tretton Steps Down As Sony’s President and CEO
By Dan Maurer
According to reports out of Sony, Jack Tretton will step down from his role as President and CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment America at the end of March. Sony says his departure is a result of a mutual agreement that Tretton’s contract with SCEA will not be renewed. Tretton has been with SCEA since its inception in 1995 and was one of the founding members of the executive team. He is credited as playing a pivotal role in launching all PlayStation platforms in North America, including the original PlayStation, PlayStation 2, PSP, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Network, and PlayStation Vita. Most recently, Tretton led the launch of PlayStation 4, which sold more than one million units in 24 hours in North America and is currently the best-selling next generation gaming console worldwide with 6+ million worldwide sales as of February 2014.
“Working at SCEA for the past 19 years has been the most rewarding experience of my career,” Tretton said. “Although I will deeply miss the talented team at SCEA and the passion demonstrated every day by our fans, I’m very excited about starting the next chapter of my career. I want to thank the employees, partners and customers for their tireless commitment to the PlayStation brand and of course, to our fans who have pushed us to new heights of innovation and entertainment over the past two decades. I leave PlayStation in a position of considerable strength and the future will only get brighter for PlayStation Nation.”
Shawn Layden, currently Executive Vice President and COO of Sony Network Entertainment International, will become President and CEO of SCEA, effective April 1, 2014.
“It’s an honor and privilege to join Sony Computer Entertainment America and be a part of the team that is leading the next generation of gaming and entertainment,” Layden said. “SCEA is committed to delivering breakthrough gaming experiences that inspire fans and exceed their wildest expectations. As PS4 shows us every day, there has never been a better time to be part of the PlayStation community and I look forward to working with our retail, development, publishing and network partners to further demonstrate why PlayStation is the best place to play.”
A 15-year PlayStation veteran, Layden was one of the founding members of SNEI in 2010, joining the company directly from Sony Computer Entertainment, where he most recently held the position of President, Sony Computer Entertainment Japan. His career at Sony Computer Entertainment also included eight years at SCE Worldwide Studios in London where he directed international software development.
As a fan of the PlayStation brand, I will personally say that I will miss Jack Tretton as he was a huge part of the growth of the PlayStation brand. He leaves the PlayStation in great hands as it currently enjoys the next generation console lead. Good luck to Mr.Tretton on his future endeavors.
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