Jack Tretton who was one of Sony’s most prominent and important member of the corporation is stepping down as CEO and President of Sony America. This news was unexpected and will leave shock to the gaming world and many avid Sony fans feeling a little sad. Tretton is a hero and a legend to many due to his efforts and contributions to the Sony brand products over the 19 years he has worked there.
Below is a statement from Jack Tretton That he left on the Sony blog that you can find here.
It is with mixed feelings that I inform you that I will be stepping down as President and CEO of SCEA effective March 31, 2014. This is a result of a mutual agreement with SCEA, and I leave knowing that the PlayStation brand has never been stronger, PlayStation 4 momentum continues to accelerate, and the future will only get brighter for our gamers.
Serving PlayStation fans for the past 19 years has been one of the most rewarding experiences in my career. Your passion for gaming inspired me every day.
I want to thank you for constantly pushing PlayStation to deliver breakthrough gaming and entertainment experiences, and to never settle for “good enough.” The embodiment of this commitment can be found in the PS4, which has quickly become the #1 next-gen console worldwide…thanks to you.
We’ve shared many memories over the past two decades and I’ll always be grateful for your support.
Questions are being raised as to what may have caused his recent department. With the PS4 sales surpassing the original projections and the PlayStation Vita gaining some ground, it is strange that Tretton would randomly decide to leave. But with his departure, he is being replaced by Shawn Layden who is a 15 year employee of Sony and former President of Sony Computer Entertainment Japan.
And as a personal message from myself to Jack Tretton, you will be missed. Thank you for the time you spent at Sony and the amazing products and games that came out under your leadership. Your presentation at the E3’s from 2007 to 2014 were some of the best and iconic of the Sony brand and very entertaining as well. I wish you well on your endeavors and hope you continue your success in whatever field you may choose.