Your favorite mic dropping CEO is stepping down from Sony and Playstation. Effective April 1st, 2014 Jack Tretton will be stepping down from Sony and Playstation. Jack has been with the company for over 19 years. Sony stated that this is part of an agreement reached by both Jack Tretton and Sony to not renew his contract. He says he will be starting the “next chapter of his career”. No word yet on what his next plans will be.
Jack will be replaced by Sony Network Entertainment International EVP and COO Shawn Layden whom is a 14 year veteran. Layden oversaw global marketing, network retail operations and digital entertainment services for Sony.
It’s very unexpected and left field for him to step down after two decades and the recent success of the Playstation 4 with its moving of over 6 million units world wide. In my opinion he has done an incredible job and it’s sad to see him go. Only time will tell how Layden will move the company and the Playstation brand forward.
In the mean time here is a commemorable gif: