Jack Tretton, the CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment of America and one of the key components behind the PlayStation brand, is leaving the company, effective at the end of this month.

The news broke yesterday after it was revealed that both sides mutually agreed not to renew his contract. A reason was not given for his departure.

“Working at SCEA for the past 19 years has been the most rewarding experience of my career,” said Tretton. “Although I will deeply miss the talented team at SCEA and the passion demonstrated every day by our fans, I’m very excited about starting the next chapter of my career. I want to thank the employees, partners and customers for their tireless commitment to the PlayStation brand and, of course, to our fans who have pushed us to new heights of innovation and entertainment over the past two decades. I leave PlayStation in a position of considerable strength and the future will only get brighter for PlayStation Nation.”

Shawn Layden, who currently serves as executive vice president and COO of Sony Network Entertainment International, will fill Tretton’s position starting April 1st, with over 15 years of PlayStation experience.

Source: GamesIndustry International