updated 03:55 pm EST, Thu March 6, 2014
Shawn Layden of Sony Entertainment Network slated to lead division
Sony Computer Entertainment today announced that Jack Tretton will step down from his role as president and CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment America (SCEA) as of March 31. Reportedly, the split is a result of a mutual agreement between Tretton and SCEA not to renew their contractual relationship. Executive Vice President Shawn Layden will become president and CEO of SCEA, effective April 1.
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, including the original PlayStation, PlayStation 2, PlayStation Portable, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Network, and PlayStation Vita. During his tenure, Tretton was also responsible for surpassing 50 million units sold of the PlayStation 2 in North America, as well as the launch of the PlayStation 4 in the US.
Layden was one of the founding members of the Sony Entertainment Network, where he currently serves as executive vice president and COO. Layden joined the company directly from Sony Computer Entertainment, where he most recently held the position of president of Sony Computer Entertainment Japan. His career at Sony Computer Entertainment also included eight years at Sony Consumer Electronics' Worldwide Studios in London where he directed international software development.