Andrew Wilson has a new game to play: CEO of Electronic Arts, the industry's second largest videogame publisher.The exec doesn't have too far to move. To fill the post that's been vacant since March, EA opted to promote from within the company, and turned to the head of its sports franchises like the popular "Madden" and "FIFA" football and soccer games. Move is a safe but smart hire, given how lucrative EA Sports is to EA's overall bottom line.SEE ALSO:...
When Andrew Wilson was named CEO at Electronic Arts in 2013, the game publisher was in upheaval. The quality of the games was under fire, the company had been through painful rounds of layoffs and, when his predecessor was forced out six months prior, EA’s share price was less than half of what it had been in 2007. Today, those shares are close to an all-time high.
Wilson’s an EA veteran, having spend 13 years at the company before assuming the top spot, previously overseeing EA Sports, where he established the FIFA franchise as a top-earning brand. He didn’t hesitate to make changes, either. He quickly cut EA’s longstanding ties with Tiger Woods and announced the company would stop making college football video games. More recently, he tapped EA COO Peter Moore to oversee the launch of a newly formed competitive gaming division.
During his tenure, he has boosted EA’s footprint in the mobile gaming world and is overseeing the continuing shift from brick and mortar game sales to digital transactions. He also helped the company win the exclusive right to make video games based on the Star Wars franchise, with resulted in last year’s hit Star Wars Battlefront and several in-development titles that have lured some of the industry’s top talent.
Australian by birth, Wilson is also an active surfer and practices Brazilian jujitsu.