When silver-haired, silver-tongued EA boss John Riccitiello resigned from the company earlier this year, it left many in shock, wondering who would be seen as fit to replace him. The safe money was on the wise-cracking, exuberant Chief Operating Officer Peter Moore. Those bets would have lost you money. This is EA’s new boss.
The vacant position, held in the interim by EA Chairmain Larry Probst, now belongs to former executive vice president of the EA Sports label and EA’s digital distribution platform Origin, Andrew Wilson.
“Let me start by saying I am deeply honored 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," Wilson said in a statement.
"I envision EA as the World’s Greatest Games Company," he added. This is not about what we are aiming for or what we will become. Rather, it is about an unfaltering commitment to what we will be every day. This is an attitude that must drive our culture as one team.
"I also believe EA’s strategy is sound. Our focus on our talent, our brands and our platform together with our investment in next-generation consoles, mobile and PC free-to-play, as part of our ongoing transition to digital, is right. But we have plenty of work ahead to ensure our collective success."
Wilson has three focus areas for the company in the future:
1. Continued transformation for our digital future;
2. Delivering amazing games and services across platforms; and
3. Instilling a culture of execution that will drive profitable growth.
And quite probably a fourth;
Not winning the dubious accolade of being “America’s Worst Company” for a third consecutive year.