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Sony announced today in a surprise press release that Jack Tretton has stepped down as Sony Computer Entertainment America's CEO. Sony said that this is a "mutual agreement between Mr. Tretton and SCEA not to renew their contractual relationship."
"Working at SCEA for the past 19 years has been the most rewarding experience of my career," said Tretton in the release. "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, the Executive Vice President and COO of Sony Network Entertainment International, will take Tretton's place as President and CEO of SCEA as of April 1, 2014. I assume this is no April Fool's Day joke.
"I've worked with Jack for nearly two decades and I want to personally thank him for his leadership and the considerable contributions he's made to the SCEA business and PlayStation brand over the years. I wish him nothing but the best in his future endeavors," said Andrew House, President and Group CEO, Sony Computer Entertainment. "I also want to welcome Shawn to the Sony Computer Entertainment America team. I have the utmost confidence in Shawn's leadership capabilities, and his deep knowledge of the gaming industry and commitment to gamers, will help keep PlayStation at the forefront of entertainment and innovative gameplay."
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