Jack Tretton Has Decided To Leave Sony
Jack Tretton, the CEO and face of Sony Computer Entertainment America, has decided to step down after 19 years with the company. SCEA is the home brand of PlayStation, and Jack has been the man behind all the press conferences and reveals during recent years.
Tretton confirmed the news yesterday, after early rumours suggested he would be departing.
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“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.”
A replacement for Tretton has already been named. Sony Network Entertainment International EVP and COO Shawn Layden will replaced the iconic executive come March 31st. Here’s what he had to say about Tretton and his plans for Sony in the future.
“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.”
Jack Tretton has been with Sony since 1995, working his way up through the ranks during the rollout of all the PlayStation consoles. His contribution to the brand is undeniable, and I’m sure many of us will miss his charismatic E3 press conferences.