Jack Tretton steps down as Sony America CEO

Jack Tretton

Former CEO Jack Tretton

Sony America CEO Jack Tretton has stepped down, and his final day with the company will be March 31st.  Sony announced the move today in a press release, saying “This is a result of a mutual agreement between Mr. Tretton and SCEA not to renew their contractual relationship.”  Executive Vice President and COO of Sony Network Entertainment International Shawn Layden has now been promoted to Sony America CEO.

“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.”

Tretton’s leadership has been instrumental in the success of the PlayStation brand’s growth in America over his illustrious career.  Under his leadership, Playstation lead in console sales during the PS2 era, faultered but regained ground during the last console cycle, and has exploeded out of the gate into the new generation with the PS4.  It has sold nearly 6 million consoles in just five months of availability.

Shawn Layden

New CEO Shawn Layden

“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 new CEO Shawn 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.”  Layden has been with Sony since 1996, speaks fluent Japaneses, and has worked in the company’s international digital entertainment division. 

I will personally miss Tretton’s press conference style.  His attitude was a breathe of fresh air for gamers who became so use to the PR speak that they were accustomed to.  We here at the League of Mediocre Gamers want to wish Jack Tretton all the best in his future endeavors.

by, Bobby Marquardt

Sources: Press Release & Kotaku

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