Following the exit of John Riccitiello as EA’s Chief Operating Officer earlier this year, the publisher has been left without a CEO for a number of months even attending E3 and gamescom without a guiding head on its shoulders.
The affable Peter Moore performed hosting duties during the press conferences at both events and many thought that he would take on the responsibilities of CEO after rapidly climbing the corporate ladder at SEGA, Microsoft and now EA. It has been announced, however, that former head of EA Sports, Andrew Wilson, will now take on the role.
- Andrew Wilson [Image Source]
Writing in a special post on EA.com, Wilson said:
“Let me start by saying I am deeply honoured and humbled to become EA’s CEO. I have a profound respect and passion for this organization, as well as for our global community of fans, and I’m incredibly motivated to serve our people, our gamers and our shareholders at such an exciting time in our industry.”
In the announcement, executive chairman and acting CEO Larry Probst wrote that “several talented executives from both outside the company and from within EA” were considered for the job, but in the end Wilson’s appointment as CEO “is a clear demonstration of the deep bench of management talent at EA.”
“I am convinced that Andrew was an inspired choice by our Board, and one I expect the team at EA will enthusiastically support. He is a compelling and charismatic communicator who cares deeply about organizational development, teams, and the individual careers of people who work for EA,” said Probst.
Read Wilson’s full post on EA.com to see his vision for the future of EA, which includes the continued strengthening of the company’s “digital future,” striving for strong execution and “profitable growth,” and of course “amazing games and services across platforms.”
What do you think of Wilson as EA CEO? Do you think Peter Moore should have taken on the role instead?