EA CEO John Riccitiello resigns

John Riccitiello to leave FIFA, Battlefield publisher on March 30 after six years as top executive; search for replacement to consider internal and external candidates.

Eddie Makuch Staff writer, GameSpot
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Electronic Arts Chief Executive Officer John Riccitiello will resign from his position at the FIFA and Battlefield publisher after six years effective March 30, the company announced today. In addition, he will no longer be a member of the game publisher's board of directors.

The EA board of directors has appointed longtime EA executive Larry Probst as executive chairman of the company while a search is conducted for Riccitiello's permanent replacement. Probst has been in a leadership position at EA since 1991 and was CEO from 1991 to 2007. The board will consider internal and external candidates, the company said, with the help of a "leading executive search firm."

"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," Probst said in a statement. "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 appreciate John's leadership and the many important strategic initiatives he has driven for the company. We have mutually agreed that this is the right time for a leadership transition."

Riccitiello offered his own comments on his decision to leave EA. He praised the game publisher and its employees and said he is optimistic about the company's future with next-generation consoles on the horizon.

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