Tokyo – Jack Tretton, president/CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment (SCEA), will leave the company as of March 31, the result of a mutual agreement between the executive and the company not to renew their contractual relationship.
Shawn Layden, currently executive VP and COO of Sony Network Entertainment International, will replace Tretton as of April 1, the company said.
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.
During his tenure, Tretton was also responsible for achieving several industry milestones, including surpassing 50 million units sold of PlayStation2 in North America, and aggressively growing the PlayStation business in Canada and Latin America.
A 15-year PlayStation veteran, Layden was one of the founding members of SNEI in 2010, joining the company directly from Sony Computer Entertainment, where he most recently held the position of president, Sony Computer Entertainment Japan. His career at Sony Computer Entertainment also included eight years at SCE Worldwide Studios in London where he directed international software development.