Electronic Art's CDO Patrick Söderlund has decided to step down and leave the company.
In a memo shared by CEO Andrew Wilson, it was stated that Söderlund was a pioneer with over two decades of experience for the company, as well as a great friend and inspiring leader for EA.
Söderlund recently ascended to the office of Chief Design Officer in April of 2018. Prior to this appointment, Söderlund was the CEO of DICE, before being appointed to EA Worldwide Studios, overseeing many of the key franchises in EA's stable. He is also credited for advocating the Frostbite engine and pushing for it to become EA's primary in-house game engine.
"From his early vision for Frostbite, which has now become a cornerstone for our technology strategy, to being a champion for Players First experiences, Patrick has always ensured we put creative at the center of everything we do." states Wilson. "He has also been unwavering in his commitment to building our pipeline of amazing new games to come, and his fingerprints will be on the experiences that we bring to players well into the future."
Last year, Söderlund was also given a substantial bonus of $20 million dollars in 2017, which according to SEC filings and a report by Jason Schreier of Kotaku, were granted to him to keep him in the company. His total salary for the fiscal year of 2018 totaled $48.3 million, with $46.3 tied into stock rewards.
The median salary of an employee at EA, per the SEC filings, is around $96,336.
With Söderlund's departure, CEO Andrew Wilson noted that some of the teams within EA will see changes. He mentions that the SEED team, headed by Johan Andersson, will join the studios group, along with Rob Letts EA Originals and EA Partners Programs joining the companies Strategic Growth group.
All other executives are currently staying in their positions. There is no word when, or if, a new CDO will be appointed.
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