Jack Tretton Leaves Playstation

Reported on multiple sites and then confirmed via press release, Sony announced that Jack Tretton will be stepping down as President and CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment of America. SCEA is the company that houses the Playstation brand. Shawn Layden will move from the COO position at Sony Network Entertainment International to take over Tretton’s position effective April 1st.

While no reason was given as to why the two sides decided to mutually not renew Tretton’s contract, it cannot be disputed that he is leaving Sony in a very strong position moving forward. The launch of the Playstation 4 under Tretton has been an overwhelming success, with the console selling 6 million units within the first four months after launch.

Tretton released the following statment regarding his departure:

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.

Layden has spent 15 years at Sony, helping to found the SNEI in 2010. Before that he served as president of Sony Computer Entertainment.

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 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. – Shawn Layden

It’ll be interesting to see where Sony goes from here, and we’ll be looking out for Tretton’s next spot within the gaming and entertainment industry. We wish him all the best.

Featured Image Courtesy of IGN

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