Jack Tretton to step down as CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment America

Jack Tretton to step down as CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment America

Starting April 1, Jack Tretton will no longer be president and chief executive of Sony Computer Entertainment America (SCEA). The reason for his departure isn’t yet clear, although in a press release Sony said it was a “mutual agreement” between the two parties.

Shawn Layden, who is the executive vice president and COO of Sony Network Entertainment International at the moment, will take his position.

Tretton joined Sony in 1995 and has been a prominent figure in North America since taking his current role in 2006. He was at the forefront of Sony while the PlayStation 3 was its flagship video game console and leaves while the PlayStation 4 is enjoying an early lead over the Xbox One.

“Working at SCEA for the past 19 years has been the most rewarding experience of my career,” said Tretton. “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 leave PlayStation in a position of considerable strength and the future will only get brighter for PlayStation Nation.”

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