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Electronic Arts Taps EA Sports Exec VP Andrew Wilson As CEO
Published September 18, 2013
SURPRISE MOVE? Needham & Co. financial analyst SEAN MCGOWAN said of the change, "It's a little unusual that they would go with somebody internal that's not one of the more visible guys that they had been putting in front of investors. I'm not taking anything away from this guy's credibility, but he wasn't held out there as an heir apparent" (SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS, 9/18). Wilson said, "Inside the company, I’m a known quantity. I've had the great fortune of having worked at this company for over 13 years. I've worked internationally, I've worked in a number of areas of the company, but I grew up inside our studio system. ... When I think about our vision for the future, we have a very strong strategy around the ongoing development of the most amazing teams in the world." He added, "We’re not just a console company. We have made tremendous inroads into mobile and we are investing heavily there. We've done exceptionally well with FIFA online as a free-to-play PC product in Asia, and have announced we’re taking that to the West" (WSJ.com, 9/17).