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Jack Tretton steps down as CEO of SCEA

Jack Tretton has stepped down from his position as CEO of SCEA.
Jack Tretton has stepped down from his position as CEO of SCEA. Sony

Jack Tretton has stepped down as president and CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment America (SCEA), announced Thursday by the company.

In the press release issued by Sony, Tretton will leave his former position on March 31st of this year. The agreement between Tretton and SCEA to not renew their contractual relationship was said to be mutual. Here's what Tretton had to say in the press release.

Working at SCEA for the past 19 years has been the most rewarding experience of my career. 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.

Tretton has been involved with Sony since 1995 and became head of their American division in 2006. Tretton played a crucial role in Sony's console and handheld launches, starting from the original PlayStation to the recently released PS4. He leaves the company after this week's announcement of the PS4 reaching sales of 6 million worldwide. Perhaps the most memorable moment from Tretton's career at Sony was the "mic drop" he performed on Spike's coverage of E3 2013.

Phil Spencer, corporate vice president at Microsoft Game Studios, had kind words on Tretton's departure from Sony. "Jack Tretton has been a strong leader in our industry for many years. Good luck to him whatever he decides to do next," Spencer said on Twitter.

Taking his place on April 1st is Shawn Layden, vice president and COO of Sony Network Entertainment International. "It's an honor and privilege to join Sony Computer Entertainment America and be a part of the team that is leading the next generation of gaming and entertainment," Layden said in the press release. He's been with Sony since 1996 and as Kotaku puts it, speaks fluent Japanese.