John Schappert left Electronic Arts in 2007 to become one of the headline executives leading the charge on Xbox 360 at Microsoft. If you're struggling to remember who Schappert is, remember back to Microsoft's E3 2009 press conference; he was the host. In a few weeks, however, Schappert is leaving Microsoft to rejoin EA again.
Schappert will be replacing John Pleasants as EA's chief operating officer. EA's press release did not specify where Pleasants is headed next. Pleasants was last in the news for accidentally leaking word about Criterion Games' upcoming Need For Speed game and acknowledging that Battlefield 3 was currently in development.
“After nearly two decades working in or around this company," said Schappert in the official release, I’ve got EA in my blood. This is a team that is intensely focused on quality and innovation. I’m looking forward to rejoining EA as Chief Operating Officer and helping grow the business on new platforms and in new markets.”
The transition isn't happening immediately, nor has a replacement been announced. Schappert will re-join the EA team on July 14. It's hard to say how this will affect anyone -- any thoughts?