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Jack Tretton leaving PlayStation

SCEA CEO will step down from the role as of March 31; Shawn Layden to take his place

Sony Computer Entertainment America has confirmed that CEO Jack Tretton is leaving the company, effective March 31, 2014. The two parties mutually agreed to not renew his contract. Shawn Layden, who's currently serving as executive vice president and COO of Sony Network Entertainment International, will become President and CEO of SCEA, effective April 1, 2014.

A reason for Tretton's departure or what he's planning next was not mentioned. Tretton is a longstanding PlayStation veteran, having served with Sony since the inception of SCEA in 1995 and having overseen (or played a major role in) just about every platform launch at 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."

Layden has 15 years of PlayStation experience under his belt, and he was also one of the founding members of SNEI in 2010, joining the company directly from Sony Computer Entertainment, where he had been serving as president, Sony Computer Entertainment Japan. Prior to that, Layden also spent eight years at SCE Worldwide Studios in London where he directed international software development.

"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."

"I've worked with Jack for nearly two decades and I want to personally thank him for his leadership and the considerable contributions he's made to the SCEA business and PlayStation brand over the years. I wish him nothing but the best in his future endeavors," added Andrew House, President and Group CEO, Sony Computer Entertainment. "I also want to welcome Shawn to the Sony Computer Entertainment America team. I have the utmost confidence in Shawn's leadership capabilities, and his deep knowledge of the gaming industry and commitment to gamers, will help keep PlayStation at the forefront of entertainment and innovative gameplay."

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Chris Wilks PR 7 years ago
Good job Jeremy!
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Greg Knight Freelance Developer 7 years ago
Bloody contractors.
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Nelsun Rivera Mixed Media 7 years ago
Clean Up! Aisle 7!

What is going on with PlayStation? Santa Monica lay offs. Amy Henig at Naughty Dog. Now Tretton! In a sea of positives these negatives are staining the PS4 momentum. I sure hope the new guard takes Sony to new heights otherwise these moves will be seen as detrimental to the PlayStation brand.

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Generation 8 - is becoming VERY messy!
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Jack Pochop Studying Telecommunications, Indiana University7 years ago
I am guessing that this has been in the works for a while now. At the risk of pulling a Don Mattrick, the PS4 team/SCEA probably wanted to wait a considerable time after the PS4 launch to unveil the re-org. I suppose we won't know whether this is a mess or tactical corporate strategy until we see Tretton's next move.
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Jim Webb Executive Editor/Community Director, E-mpire Ltd. Co.7 years ago
I think Tretton was simply ready to move on and he's leaving behind the company in good standing. It's the ideal time to part ways.

Best of luck to you, Jack.
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Rick Lopez Illustrator, Graphic Designer 7 years ago
Sad to see Jack go, really loved seeing his presentations. He did a fine job in helping to market the PS4. Wish him nothing but success in his future endeveours. At least he left SONY in good standing. He is by no means pulling a "Don Mattrick".
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Nick Parker Consultant 7 years ago
Jack's been around a long time with four PS launches under his belt and he's not getting any younger. Shawn Layden is a safe pair of hands, not as flamboyant perhaps but a considered thinker; he has also worked a long period in the Japanese office as well as a stint in the European HQ (when I was there). He has broader experience in development and the network rather than sales which is maybe why he has been selected. I wish him well.
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