More executive shuffling at EA with departure of CFO Eric Brown

Electronic Arts’ chief financial officer has resigned. According to EA’s most recent SEC filing, Brown tendered his resignation on Feb. 3 and his last day will be Feb. 17. Ken Barker, EA’s chief officer of accounting will serve as interim chief financial officer until EA selects a replacement.

Brown has served as EA’s CFO since April of 2008, but is leaving the company to take on an operations role at Polycom, where he will serve as the the company’s chief financial officer and chief operating officer. When asked for comment, EA directed us to its official blog post, which reads:

[Today] we are announcing that Eric Brown, our CFO, will be leaving EA.  He has decided to join Polycom, a world leader in communications technology.  Eric’s decision was based on his career goal to combine his expertise in Finance with deeper involvement in Operations.  We have begun a search for a new CFO and will consider both internal and external candidates.

There is no denying the pace of change at EA is accelerating. The successful launch of blockbusters likeFIFA Soccer 12, Battlefield 3The Sims Social and Star Wars: The Old Republic; smashing our goal for generating $1B in digital revenue; and the dramatic growth of Origin – each of these is a huge milestone in our digital transformation. EA will exit this fiscal year a profoundly different company than we were at the start.  From here on, change is constant.

Brown’s departure is the latest in a series of high profile departures at the company. Last month, Barry Cottle left his position as the executive vice president of EA Interactive to join Zynga. He became the company’s executive vice president of business and corporate development.

EA also announced that Mark Tonneson has left his position at McAfee to join EA as its chief information officer. Tonnesen will report to EA’s chief technology officer Rajat Taneja. Neither Brown’s nor Tonnesen’s LinkedIn profiles reflect the changes yet.


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