Jack Tretton to leave Sony at the end of March

Jack Tretton to leave Sony at the end of March
Aaron Lee

By Aaron Lee

March 7th 2014 at 10:13AM

SCEA president and CEO to leave PlayStation maker this month after more than 17 years

SCEA president and CEO Jack Tretton is to leave the company at the end of March, Sony has announced.

The decision is as a result of a “mutual agreement not to renew their contractual relationship”.

Current executive VP and COO of Sony Network Entertainment International Shawn Layden will precede Trenton as the new president and CEO of SCEA on April 1st.

Tretton has been at SCEA since 1995, working on launches for all four PlayStation consoles and their handheld cousins.

“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.”

Trenton will departure having helped achieve the hugely successful launch of PS4, which sold over a million units in 24 hours in North America.