Jack Tretton Steps Down as Sony Computer Entertainment CEO
Longtime Sony Computer Entertainment America President and CEO Jack Tretton has stepped down from that position, Sony announced today.
According to a press release from Sony, the move comes as a result of, “A mutual agreement between Mr. Tretton and SCEA not to renew their contractual relationship.” Tretton, who has been with SCEA since its founding in 1995, had this to say about his departure from the company,
“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 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.”
Stepping into the CEO’s role will be the current Executive Vice President and COO of Sony Network Entertainment International, Shawn Layden. Layden is a 15 year veteran of the company, one of the founding members of SNEI, and the former president of Sony Computer Entertainment Japan.
The news comes as a bit of a surprise, as Tretton has been the face of the company for years. He’s been seen on stage at numerous conventions, most memorably at E3 2013, where he announced the news that Sony would not be implementing used game DRM on the PS4. We’ll keep an ear to the ground and see if we can discover where Tretton may end up next.