SAN FRANCISCO, March 6 Sony Corp said
on Thursday that the chief executive and president of its North
American videogame operations, Jack Tretton, who has played a
crucial role in increasing its PlayStation business, will step
down at the end of March.
The company gave no specific reason for the move but said
the decision was mutual.
Sony said in a statement that Tretton, who has led its North
American videogames division, Sony Computer Entertainment
America, since 2006, resigned following a mutual agreement
between them to "not renew their contractual relationship."
"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 its statement.
The division's executive vice president and chief operating
officer, Shawn Layden, will succeed Tretton starting on April 1,
Tretton has worked with Sony Computer Entertainment America
since its inception in 1995. Known for his appearances at Sony's
glitzy launch events and game industry conferences, he was
perceived as the face of Sony's PlayStation business in America.
Under his leadership, Sony's latest videogame console that
launched in November, the PlayStation 4, was the top-selling
console in the United States in January, according to market
research form NPD. Sony said on Tuesday that it has sold more
than 6 million PlayStation 4 units worldwide as of March 2.