Sony UK Sales Boss Quits
By Ben Dutka,
Some guys just pick strange times to up and leave their employer, and none stranger than quitting as Sony Computer Entertainment UK's Commercial Director a mere five weeks before the launch of the PlayStation 3. According to breaking news at MCV UK, Kevin Jowett has left Sony, shocking many UK retailers.
"The timing is absolutely incredible," said one leading games buyer. "Kevin is going just as Sony is talking to everyone about terms and arranging pre-orders and in-store marketing campaigns."
Jowett has apparently resigned to "pursue other opportunities outside of the games industry," and he has left the company immediately due to "confidentiality issues." Jowett didn't comment so we don't know what those new opportunities might be, but taking off little more than a month before such a huge event...it seems bizarre. And now, Sony is going to have to scramble to fill his shoes, which oughta be both urgent and a bit comical...send your resume on over, maybe they'll consider it!
By Arnold K.,
It's not uncommon for key executives to part with their jobs
just before something momentous occurs for the company. Bernie
Stolar left Sega before the Dreamcast launched, for example - and
Sony's PR Chief, Molly Smith, left right before the US PS3
launch. Well, here's another one to add to the list, but nothing
that's the least bit crippling for Sony. SCE UK's Director of
Sales, Kevin Jowett has announced his resignation from the
company to pursue a career outside of the gaming industry.
While the arm-flailing has already begun, this isn't something that Sony won't be able to patch up. GameIndustry.Biz claims that Jowett's resignation was immediate, which sounds more like clever wording of him being let-go. Regardless, major corporations will always immediately have a suitable replacement for any position, and it's no different in this case.
Let's breath into our paper bags, and relax. This should not disrupt Sony's operations externally, if even at all.
2/13/2007 Ben Dutka & Arnold K.