SCEA CEO Jack Tretton Leaving

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Jack Tretton the current CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment of America(SCEA) will be exiting the company March 31.

In a statement on Playstation.Blog he had this to say,

PlayStation Nation,

It is with mixed feelings that I inform you that I will be stepping down as President and CEO of SCEA effective March 31, 2014. This is a result of a mutual agreement with SCEA, and I leave knowing that the PlayStation brand has never been stronger, PlayStation 4 momentum continues to accelerate, and the future will only get brighter for our gamers.
Serving PlayStation fans for the past 19 years has been one of the most rewarding experiences in my career. Your passion for gaming inspired me every day.

I want to thank you for constantly pushing PlayStation to deliver breakthrough gaming and entertainment experiences, and to never settle for “good enough.” The embodiment of this commitment can be found in the PS4, which has quickly become the #1 next-gen console worldwide…thanks to you.

We’ve shared many memories over the past two decades and I’ll always be grateful for your support.

Thank you,

Jack Tretton”

sony_playstation_logoTretton joined the Sony Corporation in 1995 and was a member of the team that founded PlayStation, and was involved in the development and publishing of the PlayStaion, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3 game consoles, PlayStation Portable, PlayStation Move, and PlayStation Vita.   He worked for SCEA since 2005, and was promoted to  president and chief executive officer for Sony Computer Entertainment America in 2006.

The lasting memory of Jack TrettonExternal Link

Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. released this statement,“Jack Tretton will step down from his role as President and CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment America (SCEA) as of March 31, 2014. This is a result of a mutual agreement between Mr. Tretton and SCEA not to renew their contractual relationship.

Shawn Layden, currently Executive Vice President and COO of Sony Network Entertainment International, will become President and CEO of SCEA, effective April 1, 2014.

Mr. Tretton has been with SCEA since its inception in 1995. As one of the founding members of the executive team, Tretton played a pivotal role in launching all PlayStation® platforms in North America, including the original PlayStation®, PlayStation®2, PSP® (PlayStation®Portable), PlayStation®3, PlayStation® Network, and PlayStation®Vita. Most recently, Tretton led the record-breaking launch of PlayStation®4 (PS4™), which sold more than one million units in 24 hours in North America and is now the #1 next generation gaming console in North America and worldwide. During his tenure, Tretton was also responsible for achieving several industry milestones, including surpassing 50 million units sold of PlayStation®2 in North America, and aggressively growing the PlayStation business in Canada and Latin America.

“Working at SCEA for the past 19 years has been the most rewarding experience of my career,” said Tretton. “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.”

sony-ps4-logo1“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,” said Layden. “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.”

“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.”

Shawn_Layden_250x250_02Shawn Layden, the man to take over shared this statement in the press release, “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.  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 Sony Network Entertainment International in 2010(SNEI is a subsidiary of Sony Corporation of America, it is a provider of digital entertainment, the service is known as Sony Entertainment Network or SEN, which is the incorporation of all Sony digital products under one banner), joining the company directly from Sony Computer Entertainment, where he recently held the position of President of Sony Computer Entertainment Japan. His career at SCE also included eight years at SCE Worldwide Studios in London where he directed international software development.

VIDEOGAMES-SONY/It is sad to see Jack Tretton go, as he made the PlayStation press conferences fun, but I am glad he was able to leave behind a well oiled machine at the height of its reign.  It will be interesting, and take time to see what impact Layden has on the company.

I will leave you with one funny moment with Jack Tretton’s version of dropping the mike after the PS4 E3 press conference.External Link

Sources via prnewswire.com, PlayStation.Blog, wikipedia.com, youtube.com videos of their respective sources.
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