Sony President David Reeves is leaving his post -- retiring from the company he joined in 1995. In the last 14 or so years, Reeves has helped Sony sell many millions of PlayStations, PlayStation 2s, PSPs and PlayStation 3s. As CEO he was in charge of Sony's business in over 100 territories. Beginning on May 1st, Sony chief marketing officer Andrew House will take over the reins of Sony Computer Entertainment Europe. House has been with Sony since 1990.
“It has been a wonderful ride with PlayStation,” said Reeves in a slightly perplexing statement. “ I am going to spend my time now trying to repay society for all I have taken from it. If your children are having physics lessons at the local school or wondering why their ski instructor is very elderly, your car mechanic has a bad back, or the social worker keeps bringing you PSP games, then it could just be me!"
I don't know about you, but I want David Reeves to teach me how to ski more than anything else in the world.
New CEO House's statement is a lot less colorful, but provides a little information on the general strategy of the company in Europe “I’m delighted to return to the PlayStation fold and excited to take on this new challenge,” House said, “I have strong ties to the interactive entertainment industry and I believe there is huge potential for further growth of our business in the Europe/PAL countries and regions, particularly in the area of networked entertainment."
Every time there's a corporate shake-up/head-change high up the food chain at a game company (well, really any corporation), the only "window" we get into the personnel change is sanitized press releases. For a variety of reasons (some legal, some practical, some ethical), executives very rarely air their employment laundry in public, and companies almost never do. So you never really know what happened.
Maybe Reeves really does want to help kids take physics classes, but there are also rumors floating around the internet that Reeves didn't so much retire as secure a new job for himself, specifically as a higher-up at Scottish MMO maker Realtime Worlds.
That's quite a change: From CEO at Sony Europe to executive at a mid-size MMO development house, but you never know. Maybe Reeves is looking for a challenge, and helping APB, Realtime's upcoming MMO, launch seems like a pretty big challenge to me! Feel free to offer your opinion in our comment section, of course.