John Riccitiello si dimette da CEO di EA, cambio al vertice

john-riccitiello_thumbLarry Probst nominato nuovo CEO.

John Riccitiello, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) di Electronic Arts, ha rassegnato le sue dimissioni dopo che il consiglio di amministrazione (CDA) non ha digerito i risultati finanziari del 2012.

La società ha proposto a Larry Probst di ricoprire l’incarico ad interim di CEO della compagnia, ruolo che ha già ricoperto in passato, accettandolo, in attesa di trovare il nuovo CEO tra i candidati interni ed esterni.

Nel comunicato stampa, che potete leggere in calce all’articolo, EA ringrazia John per il lavoro svolto finora e per i successi raggiunti insieme dal 2007. Larry Probst avrà l’onere di trasportare EA nel difficile passaggio generazionale delle console, del quale Riccitiello si era dichiarato molto entusiasta e pronto.

fonte Kotaku

REDWOOD CITY, Calif.-(BUSINESS WIRE)- 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.

Mr. Probst has played a leadership role at EA since 1991. In addition to serving as Chairman of the Board since 1994, he previously served as the Company’s CEO from 1991 to 2007. As CEO, Probst successfully grew the Company’s annual revenues from $175 million to approximately $3 billion, led EA into new platforms such as mobile, online and other emerging markets and expanded its international presence to more than 75 countries.

“We thank John for his contributions to EA since he was appointed CEO in 2007, especially the passion, dedication and energy he brought to the Company every single day,” said Mr. Probst. “John has worked hard to lead the Company through challenging transitions in our industry, and was instrumental in driving our very significant growth in digital revenues. We appreciate John’s leadership and the many important strategic initiatives he has driven for the Company. We have mutually agreed that this is the right time for a leadership transition.”

On behalf of the Board, Lead Director Richard A. Simonson stated, “As we begin the CEO search, we are fortunate that Larry, who has a proven track record with our employees, partners and customers, has agreed to assume a day-to-day leadership role as Executive Chairman. He has 16 years of experience as CEO of EA and a deep understanding of the Company’s strategy, management team, business potential and industry trends.”

Mr. Riccitiello stated, “EA is an outstanding company with creative and talented employees, and it has been an honor to serve as the Company’s CEO. I am proud of what we have accomplished together, and after six years I feel it is the right time for me pass the baton and let new leadership take the Company into its next phase of innovation and growth. I remain very optimistic about EA’s future – there is a world class team driving the Company’s transition to the next generation of game consoles.”


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