EA names Andrew Wilson as CEO
Electronic Arts has installed EA Sports boss Andrew Wilson as CEO, replacing interim CEO Larry Probst
EA has named Andrew Wilson as its new CEO.
The former EA Sports boss, who also administered to EA's digital distribution service Origin, replaces interim CEO Larry Probst, who has headed up the games publisher since the resignation of John Riccitiello back in March.
"Let me start by saying I am deeply honored and humbled to become EA's CEO," Wilson said in a statement.. "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."
"I envision EA as the World's Greatest Games Company," Wilson said. "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. This is an attitude that must drive our culture as one team."
"I also believe EA's strategy is sound," he added. "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. But we have plenty of work ahead to ensure our collective success."
Wilson's appointment has surprised some gaming industry pundits, who tipped EA's Chief Operating Officer Peter Moore for the job. The new EA CEO starts with a base salary of $800,000 but could possibly receive a 150 per cent bonus upon hitting certain targets.