Sony America CEO steps down

Sadly (because he seemed like a genuinely cool guy) Jack Tretton is stepping down from his role as CEO and President of Sony Computer Entertainment America, with the SCEA announcing today that this is a “result of a mutual agreement between Mr. Tretton and SCEA not to renew their contractual relationship.”

Former SCEA CEO and President Jack Tretton

Former SCEA CEO and President Jack Tretton

Tretton had been with the SCEA since it formed in 1995, spearheading the launch of the Playstation 1 into North American homes and more recently being the front man for Sony’s E3 press conferences since 2007.

Tretton is set to be replaced on April 1 by Shawn Layden, who is currently executive vice president and COO of Sony Network Entertainment International.

Tretton penned a farewell letter to the “Playstation Nation” on the Playstation Blog in regards to his departure, thanking them for years of support.

It is with mixed feelings that I inform you that I will be stepping down as President and CEO of SCEA effective March 31, 2014. This is a result of a mutual agreement with SCEA, and I leave knowing that the PlayStation brand has never been stronger, PlayStation 4 momentum continues to accelerate, and the future will only get brighter for our gamers.

Serving PlayStation fans for the past 19 years has been one of the most rewarding experiences in my career. Your passion for gaming inspired me every day.

I want to thank you for constantly pushing PlayStation to deliver breakthrough gaming and entertainment experiences, and to never settle for “good enough.” The embodiment of this commitment can be found in the PS4, which has quickly become the #1 next-gen console worldwide…thanks to you.

We’ve shared many memories over the past two decades and I’ll always be grateful for your support.

I haven’t been this bummed about suits stuff since my main man and self titled “PlayStation VP of… Lots of Stuff” Kevin Butler left! Farewell and thank you Jack, it’s been a awesome ride.

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