Electronic Arts Names New CEO

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Electronic Arts Names New CEO

Electronic Arts' new CEO is Andrew Wilson, formerly the executive vice-president of EA Sports and Origin.

Six months after the resignation of former CEO John Riccitiello, Electronic Arts has a new chief executive: Andrew Wilson, who joined the company in 2000. Prior to his appointment as CEO, he was the executive vice-president of EA Sports and Origin; he's also served as vice president and executive producer of the EA Sports FIFA Soccer Division, headed the EA studio in Seoul, Korea and led EA's Asia Online Publishing Group.

"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 wrote in his first message as CEO.

"I envision EA as the World's Greatest Games Company. 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," he continued. "This is an attitude that must drive our culture as one team."

Wilson said his focus on the future will be on three things: "Continued transformation for our digital future, delivering amazing games and service across multiple platforms and instilling a culture of execution that will drive profitable growth." It's not exactly a surprising message - "We'll be awesome and make lots of money!" - but Wilson also indicated that he doesn't plan on making any hard turns right out of the gate.

"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," he wrote. "But we have plenty of work ahead to ensure our collective success."

"I am convinced that Andrew was an inspired choice by our Board, and one I expect the team at EA will enthusiastically support," EA Executive Chairman Larry Probst said in his separate introductory message. "Andrew is the first studio executive to serve as our CEO, a testament to his blend of creative skills and business acumen. He is a compelling and charismatic communicator who cares deeply about organizational development, teams, and the individual careers of people who work for EA. Most of all, he has a powerful sense of respect for and commitment to our consumers."

Probst added that he will remain as executive chairman for an indefinite period in order to support Wilson during the transitional period.

Source: Electronic Arts

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Urgh, can't say I'm hugely enthused by this choice.

Definitely surprised and disappointed that Peter Moore didn't get the nod.

Meet the new boss, same as the old Boss.

'I have profound respect for this organisation'. see, that's where you go wrong pal. If you have respect for EA's business model, you're not the CEO EA needs.

I guess that at least he's honest that nothing has or will change.

But wait... if nothing has or will change then he's obviously lying and just saying this for PR-reasons. Which means that things are actually going to be changing? But that'd mean that he could be being honest...

Arg! Paradox!

Well it seems that this ship is still looking for its iceberg. But at least the new captain is pretty.

Seriously, that dude is a total hottie.

Great, I share a first name with the person that will inevitably do nothing to stop EA going down the destructive path it's on.

Saying you have respect for the organisation isn't what EA needs, right now. It needs telling the truth, that it's a company wholly unworthy of respect.

All hail our new evil overlord!

Floppertje:
'I have profound respect for this organisation'. see, that's where you go wrong pal. If you have respect for EA's business model, you're not the CEO EA needs.

Boom goes the dynamite.

The problem is his address isn't for the public, it's for the shareholders to see him making to the public.

Not only is EA's culture broken but so is its structural operation. Those who care have no power, and those who have the power have no care.

Imagine the balls it would require of an individual to stand up in front of the people who own the company and say "Now that I'm in charge I'm going to fix all the fuckups that have been made in the past. I plan on changing our company culture and business model as one is spawned from the other."

Take note you've just bagged a job that pays... how many millions a year?

plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose
I, for one, welcome our rugged new overlord

Pretty standard-sounding new-CEO induction nothing-speech; let's give the guy a chance before fitting his coffin.

"I envision EA as the World's Greatest Games Company" - better than America's Worst Company, amirite?

Is that the spourts guy?

Well at least he doesn't seem to be a psychopath. You know, like Kotick, Ballmer, Riccitiello etc. All of them are obvious psychopaths.

Only being able to judge what he was working on before and how I feel about those products... cool let's see where this goes. Tho I hope he wasn't the genius that decided PC gamers only need one sports game.

Good to see Phil from Modern Families get work.

RatherDull:
Is that the spourts guy?

Yeah, but leagues better than the sports-sports-tv-sports guy!

Now, I won't judge before I see him actually make some decisions about-OK I'm lying I'm totally going to judge. Past involvements: Origin, and the team that releases the same sports titles over and over. Opening speech: "culture of execution that will drive profitable growth." That's some A-grade corporate jobspeak right there. I am not optimistic.

I will however quite happily eat my words if he proves me wrong, which I really hope he does.

(I mean really, culture of execution, the frell even is that!?)

...He kinda looks like a Vegas magician in that shot.

I'll give him 3 press statements before I start criticizing him (out loud anyway). This one's a freebie as it's the default [stamp name here] hello statement to investors.

"I envision EA as the World's Greatest Games Company."

Wins worst company in the world two years in a row.

Honestly, we may have gotten rid of Morgoth, but now we have to contend with Sauron. Are we any better off?

EA names a new CEO
All hail to the new Dark Overlord of the game industry.

Fox12:
"I envision EA as the World's Greatest Games Company."

Wins worst company in the world two years in a row.

yeah that's what I was thinking.

Well since Johnny boy stepped down the company has been making some very positive steps so if this new guy continues the new trend I'll be contempt.

He can start by not fucking up Mirror's edge 2, that'll get him some brownie points.

Hmm ... the company is having problems financially. Stock prices are down. Budgets are out of control. Seems like an excellent time to promote from within.

EA's business plan seems viable. Unfortunately, PC sales is not doing a lot for them, so I can't blame them for going to free-to-play, even though I absolutely hate that model.

-Dragmire-:
...He kinda looks like a Vegas magician in that shot.

Which is how he should do all his press announcements.

CardinalPiggles:
Well since Johnny boy stepped down the company has been making some very positive steps so if this new guy continues the new trend I'll be contempt.

He can start by not fucking up Mirror's edge 2, that'll get him some brownie points.

That's one fantastic Freudian slip you've got going there.

On topic: I can completely see the Vegas magician look there. As for the press statement, lots of words saying very little, but with every indication that EA will continue to ensure I don't buy their games.

"best gamer company in the world"???? if he does the same crap as before, then they will be announced again the worst company in america. if there would be an award for worst gaming company in the world, EA would win it.

unless he does make some changes (which i doubt) like having discount on origin and giving other companies time to do a game, then he might get away with it.
but for now, i dont trust him.

Steve Dark:
Now, I won't judge before I see him actually make some decisions about-OK I'm lying I'm totally going to judge. Past involvements: Origin, and the team that releases the same sports titles over and over. Opening speech: "culture of execution that will drive profitable growth." That's some A-grade corporate jobspeak right there. I am not optimistic.

I will however quite happily eat my words if he proves me wrong, which I really hope he does.

(I mean really, culture of execution, the frell even is that!?)

Well EA has been executing its good studios for those that pump out cheap money grabbing crap. So technically he's being honest and correct.

OT:So it sounds like EA will continue to go down the route that makes me not care about them. Thanks I'll save money in future then.

Adam Jensen:
Well at least he doesn't seem to be a psychopath. You know, like Kotick, Ballmer, Riccitiello etc. All of them are obvious psychopaths.

Oh come on, at least give him a chance to get settled before deciding he isn't a psychopath. He's probably just nervous right now and will start with his dark machinations when he is comfortable.

Dull guy it seems. so at least we wont have fun like with psichopaths. the corporate speech wasp retty much corporate. standart report to shareholders. this is nothing. what will really happen we will see once he starts acting. He seems to know his beourocracy at least, so could be far less "evil leaks" from his side. for better or worse. you know, the problem you dont see is the problem ou dont think about.

Andy Chalk:

"I envision EA as the World's Greatest Games Company."

I think aiming for something a little more achievable might be a better solution, like not winning the Consumerists Golden Poo award three years running.

Remember, baby steps.

Andy Chalk:
part of our ongoing transition to digital

Wait, EA has been selling analogue games?

That aside, I really can't see great things coming from putting the head of the "Identical Annual Sequels With Nothing Changed Other Than A Few Names" division in charge. In fact, I'm not even sure why they even need a head of the sports division. Don't they just get an intern to copy and paste the new team lists in? What has this guy been doing for the last 13 years?

It's a corporate speech. We'll have to wait to see what kind of actions this guy will take, honestly, i don't have any real hope, he was nominated to please shareholders, not customers...

In other words: pure fucking evil.

Great picture choice, he really has that tyrannical "I am the fucking overlord" look in his eyes.

So we are just going to see this nightmare of a company continue like it has? Good! Let its death be a slow and agonizing one, one we will celebrate for generations.

formerly the executive vice-president of EA Sports and Origin.

Welp, GG EA. It's been a wild ride, but I think this is a pretty shitty idea.

Valderis:

Great picture choice, he really has that tyrannical "I am the fucking overlord" look in his eyes.

And now that EA has exclusive rights to the Star Wars franchise, he can finally photoshop in that Force Lightning (tm) that he's been dreaming about.

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