Noah J Nelson on Monday, Mar. 18th
There are just a handful of high profile executives in the video game world, and one of the highest just stepped away from the job. From EA’s press release:
Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: EA) today announced that John Riccitiello will step down as Chief Executive Officer and as a member of the Board of Directors, effective March 30. The Board has appointed Larry Probst as Executive Chairman to ensure a smooth transition and to lead EA’s executive team while the Board conducts a search for a permanent CEO. The Board will consider internal and external candidates with the assistance of a leading executive search firm.
Riccitiello has been CEO of EA once before, and the impact of his stepping away from the company– currently embroiled in a PR nightmare over SimCity– cannot be underestimated. Something had to change for EA, and it looks like that change is starting at the top.