It has been announced today by Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. that Jack Tretton will step down from his position as President and CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment America at the end of this month, March 31st.
Jack Tretton was a founder member of SCEA since its inception in 1995, playing a major part in all console launches from the original PlayStation up to the PS4 and the PlayStation Vita.
Mr. Tretton, responsible for milestones such as surpassing 50 million units sold of PlayStation®2 in North America, and aggressively growing the PlayStation business in Canada and Latin America, is leaving his post due to a mutual agreement between Mr. Tretton and SCEA not to renew their contractual relationship.
In a statement, Tretton said that “Working at SCEA for the past 19 years has been the most rewarding experience of my career,” he continued to say that “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.”
As of the 1st of April, Mr. Tretton will be passing the baton to Shawn Layden – currently Executive Vice President and COO of Sony Network Entertainment International. Mr.Layden will take his position as the new President and CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment America.
Mr. Layden, most recently President of Sony Computer Entertainment Japan, boasts 15 years of experience within the PlayStation brand – including eight years at SCE Worldwide Studios London and being a founding member of Sony Network Entertainment International.
Shawn Layden announced that “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.”
Andrew House, President and Group CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment said, “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. 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.”
Whilst we wish Jack Tretton the best of luck in his new ventures, it is also a welcome to Shawn Layden and an exciting time to see what is next for the PlayStation Vita. As always, you can be sure to hear of any new developments here at The Vita Lounge.