Andrew Wilson (businessman)

Andrew Wilson (born 7 September 1974) is an Australian businessman who has been the CEO of Electronic Arts (EA) since September 2013. On 18 September 2017, he was elected as a director of Intel.[1]

Andrew Wilson
Born (1974-09-07) 7 September 1974 (age 47)
NationalityAustralian
Alma materHarvard University
OccupationCEO of Electronic Arts
EmployerElectronic Arts
PredecessorJohn Riccitiello
Board member ofIntel

Career

Born in Geelong, Australia, Wilson joined EA in 2000, and worked in the company's Asian and European markets for several years before moving to EA Sports and then becoming an Executive Producer on the FIFA franchise.[2] In August 2011 he was appointed Executive Vice President of EA Sports, and he also took on duties as Executive Vice President of the company's Origin platform in April 2013.[3][4]

Six months after the resignation of John Riccitiello, Wilson was chosen to be the new CEO of the company on 17 September 2013.[5] In a blog post on EA's website, Wilson said that he was "deeply honored and humbled" to take up the job, and said he envisioned EA as "the world's greatest games company."[6] In recent years, he has been under fire for promoting microtransactions in EA's video games.[7]

Personal life

Wilson is married, and has one daughter and one son.[8] He holds a brown belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.[9]

Awards and accolades

  • 2015 - #3 on Fortune magazine's Business Person of the Year list, behind Nike CEO Mark Parker and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg[10]
  • 2015 - #3 on Forbes' list of America's Most Powerful CEOs 40 and Under, behind Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer[11]
  • 2015 - #58 on Adweek's Power List: The 100 Most Influential Leaders in Marketing and Tech[12]
  • 2014 - #5 on BBC.com's list of best CEOS of 2014[13]
  • 2014 - #6 on Forbes' list of America's Most Powerful CEOs 40 and Under[14]
  • Winner - Motley Fool's The Best Tech CEOs of 2014[15]
  • 2010 - Winner, BAFTA, Games/Sports - FIFA 2010[16]
  • 2010 - Winner, BAFTA, Games/Use of Online - FIFA 2010[17]

References

  1. ^ "Andrew Wilson Elected to Intel Board of Directors". Intel Newsroom. Retrieved 5 March 2020.
  2. ^ Fleming, Ryan. "Meet Andrew Wilson, the 39-year-old who just became EA's CEO". Digital Trends. Retrieved 18 September 2013.
  3. ^ [1]
  4. ^ Sinclair, Brendan. "EA confirms more layoffs". GamesIndustry International. Retrieved 18 September 2013.
  5. ^ Statt, Nick. "EA names EA Sports chief Andrew Wilson as CEO". CNET News. Retrieved 18 September 2013.
  6. ^ Wilson, Andrew. "A Message from CEO Andrew Wilson". Electronic Arts. Retrieved 18 September 2013.
  7. ^ "EA CEO Defends Microtransactions, Says It's "Actually Possible" To Do It Right". Nintendo Life. 27 June 2019. Retrieved 23 January 2021.
  8. ^ "40u40: Andrew Wilson". Bizjournals.com. Retrieved 15 November 2016.
  9. ^ "Meet the Man Who Led EA's FIFA to the Top of the Video Game World". Fortune. Retrieved 20 July 2021.
  10. ^ "Businessperson of the Year". Fortune.com. 10 November 2016. Retrieved 15 November 2016.
  11. ^ [2]
  12. ^ Gianatasio, David. "Adweek's Power List: The 100 Most Influential Leaders in Marketing, Media and Tech". Adweek.com. Retrieved 15 November 2016.
  13. ^ Finkelstein, Sydney (15 January 2015). "Capital - The best CEOs of 2014". BBC. Retrieved 15 November 2016.
  14. ^ "No. 6 Andrew Wilson - pg.6". Forbes.com. Retrieved 15 November 2016.
  15. ^ "The Best Tech CEOs of 2014 - The Motley Fool". Fool.com. 15 December 2014. Retrieved 15 November 2016.
  16. ^ "2010 Games Sports | BAFTA Awards". Awards.bafta.org. Retrieved 15 November 2016.
  17. ^ "BAFTA Awards Search | BAFTA Awards". Awards.bafta.org. Retrieved 15 November 2016.