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Electronic Arts names Andrew Wilson new CEO

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Five months after the abrupt departure of former CEO John Riccitiello, Electronic Arts has named his replacement. And they didn’t look far to find their man.

Andrew Wilson, executive VP of EA Sports, will vacate that gig to become the company’s new CEO.

"I envision EA as the World's Greatest Games Company," said Wilson in a statement on the company’s blog. "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 continued. “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, who has been with the company since 2000, has deep roots in the company’s lucrative sports division. He’s the former executive producer of the popular FIFA soccer franchise, eventually leaving that role to oversee EA Sports. Wilson will become the first former EA studio head to take the CEO mantle.

It won’t be an easy job. Despite a steady rise in the stock price over the past year, EA, like many traditional video game publishers, is struggling to make the transition from packaged goods to digital distribution. Wilson sees that as the company’s number one focus.

EA stock was up 2.4% on Tuesday, though Wilson’s appointment was announced after the close of trading.

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