Tretton Leaves Sony Computer Entertainment America6 Mar, 2014 By: Chris Tribbey
Jack Tretton will step down as president and CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment America (SCEA) March 31. Shawn Layden, EVP and COO with Sony Network Entertainment International (SNEI), will take over the role.
Tretton has been with SCEA since its inception in 1995 and is credited with playing a pivotal role in launching all PlayStation platforms in North America, including the original PlayStation, PlayStation 2, the PlayStation Portable, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Network, PlayStation Vita and the PlayStation 4.
“Working at SCEA for the past 19 years has been the most rewarding experience of my career," Tretton said. "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.”
Layden was one of the founding members of SNEI and previously served as president of Sony Computer Entertainment Japan. He also spent eight years at Sony Computer Entertainment Worldwide Studios in London.
“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," Layden said. "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.”