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Jack Tretton steps down as CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment America

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Posted on March 6, 2014 AT 01:16pm

Sony Computer Entertainment America has announced that Jack Tretton will step down from his role as CEO come March 31, 2014.

Tretton—who will be replaced by Shawn Layden, currently the executive vice president and COO of Sony Network Entertainment International—was a founding member of the SCEA executive team, having been a part of the company since its inception in 1995 (in preparation for the launch of the original PlayStation).

Tretton posted the following message on the official PlayStation Blog:

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.

In recent years, Tretton has become well known in the gaming community as being one of the main public faces for Sony and their gaming efforts, headlining most of the company’s recent E3 press conferences. As well, he was a humorous running cameo in Sony’s popular PlayStation-focused “Kevin Butler” ad campaign.

On a personal level, I always enjoyed Tretton’s E3 hosting gigs, as well as the interviews he’d do. In the tech world, it’s easy to put people up on stage who either seem too tech-focused or too insincere, but Tretton came off a a down-to-earth, approachable guy who loved what he was doing. (The same reason it’s ease to like Nintendo’s current president Satoru Iwata.) Of course, at the end of the day, what matters most is if a company is being run properly or not, and one man or woman alone does not a company make. (Unless you’re Steve Jobs, then there might be an argument.)

Eric L. Patterson, Executive Editor
Eric L. Patterson got his start via self-publishing game-related fanzines in junior high, and now has one goal in life: making sure EGM has as much coverage of niche Japanese games as he can convince them to fit in. Eric’s also active in the gaming community on a personal level, being an outspoken voice on topics such as equality in gaming and consumer rights. Stalk him on Twitter: @pikoeri. Meet the rest of the crew.

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