EA Sports and Origin head Andrew Wilson is the new chief executive officer of Electronic Arts, the company announced today.
Wilson takes over for EA executive chairman Larry Probst, who was serving as interim CEO in the wake of John Riccitiello’s resignation as CEO in March.
“The rigorous search conducted by our Board included several talented executives from both outside the company and from within EA,” wrote Probst in a post on The Beat, EA’s official blog. “Andrew’s appointment is a clear demonstration of the deep bench of management talent at EA, and reflects our fundamental belief that EA is on track to become the global leader in interactive games and services.”
Wilson first joined EA in 2000, serving as executive producer on the FIFA franchise before rising to prominence as executive vice president of EA Sports in 2011.
“Let me start by saying I am deeply honored and humbled to become EA’s CEO,” said Wilson in a separate post on The Beat. “I have a profound respect and passion for this organization, as well as for our global community of fans, and I’m incredibly motivated to serve our people, our gamers, and our shareholders at such an exciting time in our industry.”
According to Wilson, as CEO he has three immediate focuses. The first is to continue pushing and expanding EA’s “digital future.” Wilson is also dedicated to “delivering amazing games and services across platforms,” and—naturally—fostering a culture conductive to “profitable growth.”
It is a business, and he is a businessman, after all.