Jack Tretton stepping down as SCEA president and CEO

Thursday, 6th March 2014 20:29 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Jack Tretton has announced he is stepping down as CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment America on March 31. Press release is below.


Sony said Tretton’s departure is the “result of a mutual agreement” between himself and the company not to renew Tretton’s contract.

Shawn Layden, who is currently the firm’s EVP and COO at Sony Network Entertainment International, will fill the vacancy come April 1.

Tretton, always a fixture at PlayStation events and known for his great stage presence, has been SCEA since its inception in 1995 and oversaw the launch of all PlayStation platforms in North America.

“Working at SCEA for the past 19 years has been the most rewarding experience of my career,” said Tretton in the press release. “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.”

Layden, who has been with the firm for 15 years, was one of the founding members of SNEI in 2010 and is the former president of Sony Computer Entertainment Japan. He also sepnt eight years at SCE Worldwide Studios in London as head of international software development.



  1. aseddon130

    #1 10 months ago
  2. aseddon130

    “mic drop”

    #2 10 months ago
  3. Legendaryboss

    First things first:

    Second: Is there something going on in Sony that we are not privy to? Not have there been employee cuts, Not only have buildings been sold, Not only have SSM employees been laid off, Not only is Vita in the state its in, Not only did Naughty Dog have its prize writer reportedly “forced out” and now Jack is abandoning ship on Aprils Fools day (which may be a joke for all we know). I think we are approaching doom levels.

    On the bright side change is good? Jack like Amy will find a new home because their successes.

    #3 10 months ago
  4. kingy

    Wow ….

    #4 10 months ago
  5. Stephany Nunneley

    @Legendaryboss Well I have “heard” there are shake-ups going on at Sony but nothing firm, so it could just be a ‘guy in the internet’ saying it, you know, like a French model or something.

    #5 10 months ago
  6. Razor


    #6 10 months ago
  7. fearmonkey

    Wow…..Never saw that coming. I wonder what is up with this, he was so happy with the sales and the response to the PS4.

    #7 10 months ago
  8. ij 44

    He decided to take the complementary PSP and run.

    #8 10 months ago
  9. johnapocalypse

    Gonna miss him on stage at the E3 press conferences

    #9 10 months ago
  10. dtyk


    If you’re curious enough, you can just google Sony’s balance sheets. The numbers don’t lie. Long story short, they have a healthy bank account but Sony as a whole entity is not growing as well as people hoped for (eg. poor laptop, TV business).

    On topic: You have to consider if this is a “now that I have nailed the PS4 launch, let’s jump ship with my pot of gold” move. He CAN retire, without question. He doesn’t have to work anymore.

    #10 10 months ago
  11. jonnymelamet

    @Legendaryboss It sounds like Sony is cleaning house. Removing most of the higher earning execs to replace them with fresh blood. They are essentially restructuring in order to ensure that Sony will survive the current situation.

    Most of the time in such situations, the new people are young and forward thinking, propelling the company beyond the current expectations. It is a very good sign for Sony that they are restructuring now as opposed to later.

    I just want to end this by thanking Jack Tretton for his year of service to Sony, as well as wishing Shawn Layden the best of luck in his new role.

    #11 10 months ago
  12. Dragon

    Well done selecting a Vita image instead of PS4, rather suits the occasion :lol:

    E3 will not be the same anymore…

    And I cannot understand the logic of everything somehow connected to a larger meaning. People leave, people come in. Fact of life.
    Anyway, only thing that matters is how much Sony makes of PS, which is right now the most successful gaming division in the world.

    #12 10 months ago
  13. Dark

    I won’t be surprised if he join amazon.

    #13 10 months ago
  14. KAP

    I love the over reaction from us gamers sometimes lol
    OOOooooo.. somethings seriously wrong because Tretton, after 19 years decides to move on to something new hahaha!!!
    Hes been with Sony longer then many readers of vg247 has been alive, yet many seem to think it;s this deep conspiracy into why the man wants to move on. ffs
    With all that said, I was blown back by this only because, E3 wont be the same. I loved Jack Trettons speech and funny in-jokes once and a while…. “We’re going to sell a few of those bay boys” lol

    #14 10 months ago
  15. Un-HolyMOTHERofGOD

    Damn man, too bad. I was looking forward to seeing him at E32014.

    #15 10 months ago
  16. pukem0n

    the company Sony is in pretty bad shape, even the PS4 won’t make it any better since that department is only a small part of Sony.
    even though the PS4 outsells the X1 by a long shot, MS is in much better shape making record profits every year while Sony is going down the drain.
    Pretty sure PS-department will be sold to somebody else in the next years (Apple or Amazon maybe?)

    #16 10 months ago
  17. Erthazus

    Next chapter of his career. Microsoft Xbox CEO? LOL.

    #17 10 months ago
  18. RickGames

    He is far one of the most eloquent speakers in gaming, it was a joy seeing him on stage and his career speaks volumes of awesomeness. so his epic, No DRM Speech was his last at E3… good finish… very good finish…

    Long, Live, Play mr Tretton… Long, live, play, and that is from the fans…

    change is not always bad though, i mean fresh young blood in the new guy who apparently has worked in europe, japan, software etc, he has the experience, he just needs that Jack tretton magic.

    #18 10 months ago
  19. loveaya

    Oh no! I’m gonna never see him again at E3 SONY PRESS CONFERENCE…

    #19 10 months ago
  20. ddtd

    He’s been there 19 years. He probably thought it was time to go.

    It’s a Japanese company. He probably rose as high in the ranks there that he could. If his goals were to get to the CEO level somewhere, then he eventually had to leave.

    This happens in business all the time.

    #20 10 months ago
  21. man with food

    @ij 44
    Made me giggle :D

    #21 10 months ago
  22. Gekidami

    #22 10 months ago
  23. Dragon

    In near future? Not a chance. He must have signed a non-competitive legal document which makes sure he cannot join any direct competition of Sony for X number of years, as he has inside info on Sonys policies.
    Its industry standard for such cases.

    Pretty sure PS-department will be sold to somebody else in the next years (Apple or Amazon maybe?)
    Not happening. Absolutely not. Funny how this thing has been going on for years.
    Oh, and fyi, MS and Amazon are reportedly in early stages of negotiations for selling Xbox brand.

    Simply put, SCE is much much more important to Sony than Xbox is to MS.

    #23 10 months ago
  24. MattCage

    Ah. The Internet guys.
    Now no one posts #SonyIsDoomed, just stupid things regarding pressers (that’s the last brick of a CEO’s work…). Please note: #SonyIsDoomed, and for real, so consider to post about it, like #3 did, like everyone of your did with the evergreen #NintendoIsDoomed(ButPrintsMoney) or that poor attempt of #XboxIsDoomed. They’re not, Sony is and so bad.

    #24 10 months ago
  25. MattCage

    @Dragon LOL I remember you that #SonyIsDoomed now

    #25 10 months ago

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