Jack Tretton, who has been with Sony's PlayStation U.S. division since it started in 1995, is now leaving the company. Sony announced that Tretton, the current President and CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment America, will depart on March 31st. Sony said the decision was "a result of a mutual agreement between Mr. Tretton and SCEA not to renew their contractual relationship."
Tretton started at SCEA as its president of sales 19 years ago and was named as president and CEO of the entire division in 2006. He has helped to lead the U.S. launches for all of Sony's PlayStation consoles, including the PS4 in November, which sold over one million units in its first 24 hours of its U.S. launch. Today's announcement did not state where Tretton will be working next. The press release only quotes him as saying, "I'm very excited about starting the next chapter of my career."
Shawn Layden, who currently serves as Executive Vice President and COO of Sony Network Entertainment International and is a 15 year veteran of the company, will take over from Tretton as President and CEO of SCEA on April 1st.
Source: Sony via PR Newswire | Image via Sony