updated - October 1, 2020 Thursday EDT
Jack Tretton, president and CEO of SONY Computer Entertainment America is stepping down from the position, and being replaced by Shawn Layden, who presently serves as executive vice president and chief operating officer of Sony Network Entertainment International beginning April 1 according to a press release.
"As one of the founding members of the executive team, Tretton played a pivotal role in launching all PlayStation platforms in North America," Sony said in a statement.
Tretton, who was crucial to the development of Sony's Playstation game console different models, has enjoyed his time at Sony, and looks forward to embark on the next phase of his path.
"Working at SCEA for the past 19 years has been the most rewarding experience of my career," Tretton said in a statement. "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 said in the statement.
Layden who helped find Sony's international division in 2010 is ready for his new role.
"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 a statement. "SCEA is committed to delivering breakthrough gaming experiences that inspire fans and exceed their wildest expectations. As PS4TM shows us every day, there has never been a better time to be part of the PlayStation community and I look forward to working with our retail, development, publishing and network partners to further demonstrate why PlayStation is the best place to play," Layden said in the statement.
Layden has been involved Sony's Playstation game console for 15 years the press release reported.
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