This past March, EA CEO John Riccitiello announced he was stepping down from his position, which was quite a shock. At the time only a temporary replacement was named, Larry Probst, while a search was underway for a new CEO. Now, the search is over as former EA Sports executive vice president Andrew Wilson is taking over the reins as the new CEO.
Wilson had the following to say about his new role:
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.
He envisions EA as "the World's Greatest Company," not because of what it's aiming for, but rather the "unfaltering commitment to what we will be every day." Right now, Wilson's focus is on: "Continued transformation for our digital future; Delivering amazing games and services across platforms; and Instilling a culture of execution that will drive profitable growth."
It's a time of change at EA, and Wilson seems extremely eager to lead the company through it. In the short term, there's a committment to PCs, next-gen consoles, and mobile devices; a "transition" to digital downloads; and even a multitude of games on the way this year for the company to deliver on. There's plenty on the plate for Wilson to handle, and hopefully find a way to remove that worst company title.