Jack Tretton Announces His Departure from Sony
In a rather unexpected turn of events, Sony Computer Entertainment America (SCEA) President and CEO Jack Tretton announced he is stepping down from his position at the end of this month. Shawn Layden, the current Executive Vice President and COO of Sony Network Entertainment International, will take over as SCEA's new President and CEO on April 1, 2014. Tretton's decision to step down is evidently a mutual agreement between himself and SCEA to not renew his contract. He has been with SCEA since its beginning in 1995, and was one of the founders of the company's executive team. Tretton has been involved with every PlayStation launch in North America, from the original system all the way up to the most recent PlayStation 4. He's also responsible for helping grow the PlayStation brand in Canada and Latin America, and really making the brand so well recognized throughout North America.
Tretton had nothing but the best to say about his time at SCEA, as he issued the following statement:
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 has pretty big shoes to fill once Tretton departs, but it seems Andrew House, President and Group CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment, has the "utmost confidence" in Layden's abilities. It's going to be interesting seeing someone new introduce and host PlayStation's E3 show, but I guess that time had to come sooner or later.