Shawn Layden is Chairman of Worldwide Studios at Sony Interactive Entertainment and President of Sony Interactive Entertainment America. He oversees all first-party software development and leads the PlayStation® business in the United States, Canada and Latin America. Shawn has more than 25 years of experience in the gaming, consumer electronics and digital entertainment industries, including over 20 years at Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.—formerly Sony Computer Entertainment—where he has held a variety of senior positions.
Previously, Shawn was Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Sony Network Entertainment International, responsible for global marketing, sales and network retail operations for the PlayStation Network. He also spent eight years directing international software development at Sony’s London Studio.
He joined Sony Corporation’s corporate communications department in 1987 in Tokyo, Japan, and worked for several years as the communications assistant for Sony founder and Chairman, Akio Morita.
He graduated from the University of Notre Dame.