Shawn Layden has been a public figure for the PlayStation brand after succeeding Jack Tretton as the Worldwide Studios Chairman. In a post today, Sony confirmed Layden’s departure but didn’t announce his successor.
It is with great emotion that we announce that Worldwide Studios Chairman Shawn Layden will be departing SIE. His visionary leadership will be greatly missed. We wish him success in future endeavors and are deeply grateful for his years of service. Thanks for everything, Shawn!
— PlayStation (@PlayStation) September 30, 2019
Layden joined Sony in 1987, beginning as a Communications Assistant before moving into international software development for Sony Computer Entertainment’s London Studio. Following that, he became the Vice President of Sony Computer Entertainment Europe, serving almost a decade in that role before becoming the President of Sony Computer Entertainment Japan. In 2010, Layden then created Sony Network Entertainment International as the Executive Vice President and COO.
In 2014, as Jack Tretton announced he was stepping down as President and CEO of SCEA, Layden officially became the President before shifting his focus to Worldwide Studios.