One Of The Leaders Of PlayStation Departs!

After Andrew House, another key person leaves Sony.

Sony announced on its website – albeit in Japanese – that the chairman of Sony Interactive Entertainment Worldwide Studios, Shawn Layden, is leaving Sony Interactive Entertainment. „It is with great emotion that we announce that Worldwide Studios chairman Shawn Layden will be departing Sony Interactive Entertainment. His visionary leadership will be greatly missed. We wish him success in future endeavours and are deeply grateful for his years of service. Thanks for everything, Shawn!”, the official PlayStation Twitter account tweeted.

„Layden joined Sony’s corporate communications department in 1987 in Tokyo, Japan, and was the Communications Assistant for Sony co-founder Akio Morita for several years. Layden managed international software development at Sony Computer Entertainment’s London Studio until 1999, when he became Vice President of Sony Computer Entertainment Europe. After serving almost nine years he became President of Sony Computer Entertainment Japan in October 2007, a position which he held until March 2010. In 2010, he was one of the founding members of Sony Network Entertainment International, serving as its Executive Vice President and COO. In April 2014, Layden succeeded Jack Tretton as President and CEO of SCEA after Tretton stepped down from the position the previous month following a mutual agreement between Tretton and SCEA not to renew Tretton’s contract. Following his appointment as President, Layden participated in Sony’s conferences at E3 from 2014 to 2018. In March 2018, Layden’s role shifted to focus solely on Worldwide Studios, to „provide platform-defining content that helps drive the growth of SIE,” Layden’s career at Sony reads on Wikipedia.

Further details haven’t been announced, so we don’t know who takes his role and what Layden will do now. We still remember at PlayStation Experience 2015 that he stepped on the podium in a Crash T-shirt before the announcement of Crash Bandicoot: N. Sane Trilogy at E3 2016.

Good luck to Layden.

Source: Gematsu

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