EA CEO John Riccitiello steps down amid PR backlash

John Riccitiello
John Riccitiello Wikimedia Commons

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.

Mr Riccitiello has presided over EA during a time of heavy consolidation and disastrous public relations.

EA has been trashed in the gaming community and gaming media recently after the troubled launch of the latest Sim City game, with players being dogged by always-on DRM, server crashes and buggy gameplay.

EA's 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.

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 have mutually agreed that this is the right time for a leadership transition."

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."

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