Jack Tretton to step down as President of SCEA

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Sony has issued a press release stating that Jack Tretton, as of March 31st, 2014, will step down as Sony Computer Entertainment America‘s President and CEO.

Further, on April 1st, 2014 Shawn Layden, now Executive Vice President and COO of Sony Network Entertainment International, will become the new President and CEO of SCEA.

Mr Tretton has been with Sony since the beginning of SCEA in 1995 and has played a major role in all the launches of the PlayStation consoles in North America.

Jack Tretton made this statement about the announcement; “Working at SCEA for the past 19 years has been the most rewarding experience of my career. 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.”

Mr. Layden has been with Sony and the PlayStation brand for over 15 years and was one of the founding members of the SNEI in 2010, joining directly from SCE where he was the President of Sony Computer Entertainment Japan.

“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.”

Take care Jack. Thank you for everything you have done for the PlayStation world.

Written by Kyle Jessee

Kyle Jessee

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  • http://www.youtube.com/user/stoffinator2010/videos Stoffinator

    This was a surprise. Makes you wonder whats going on at Sony. He was always awesome at E3.

  • brianc6234

    What’s with all of these changes? No more Amy Hennig at Naughty Dog, 50 people let go at Sony Santa Monica, and now this. You’d think Sony is trying to make changes to catch up.

  • ruefrak

    I’ve got money saying that he’s going to work for a TV network or movie studio.

  • Derek / Beaver6622

    That’s nice of Jack to mention the wonderful world of PS Nation. He misspoke by calling us Playstation Nation. ;-)

  • http://www.psnation.org/ Kyle

    Sad to see him go; he had turned into the face of Sony for so many people.

    But of course I wish him all the best at his new endeavors. He left at the perfect time, no better way to go out than on top.

  • MJC

    Still shocked, Sony is killing it with the PS4, but this has been a bad week for the company with people leaving. I hope Jack Tretton stays in the public eye. How about a talk show were Jack drinks whiskey and smokes cigars with guests? https://i.chzbgr.com/maxW500/7561783808/h78E928C7/

  • ChazzH69

    He had mentioned his love for other entertainment media so might want a change. I’m not worried about the timing of his departure as the PlayStation brand is strong at the moment, especially with the success of the PS4. It just seems like a change he wanted to make.