Sony Computer Entertainment today announced that Jack Tretton will step down from his role as President and CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment America as of March 31, 2014. This is a result of a mutual agreement between Mr. Tretton and SCEA not to renew their contractual relationship.
Shawn Layden, currently Executive Vice President and COO of Sony Network Entertainment International, will become President and CEO of SCEA, effective April 1, 2014.
Mr. Tretton has been with SCEA since its inception in 1995. As one of the founding members of the executive team, Tretton played a pivotal role in launching all PlayStation® platforms in North America, including the original PS, PS2, PSP, PS3, PSN and PS Vita. Most recently, Tretton led the record-breaking launch of PS4, which sold more than one million units in 24 hours in North America and is now the #1 next generation gaming console in North America and worldwide. During his tenure, Tretton was also responsible for achieving several industry milestones, including surpassing 50 million units sold of PS2 in North America, and aggressively growing the PlayStation business in Canada and Latin America.
I’m extremely saddened that Jack Tretton is leaving Sony. He’s been a big part of Sony’s success over the past 15 years and it’s sad to see him leaving when the PS4 is doing so well.