There and back again, a COO’s tale by John Schappert

John Schappert of Xbox LIVE fame is heading back to EA. Schappert, who originally left EA in 2007 to be Corporate Vice President of the Microsoft Interactive Entertainment Business, will now be going back home to EA under the slightly shorter title of Chief Operating Officer. He will be replacing John Pleasants, who is leaving, and his responsibilities will shift from Microsoft Game Studios and Xbox LIVE to Worldwide Publishing, the Online Platform Group, EA Interactive, Central Development Services and pressing a button every 108 minutes to save the world.

Schappert returns to EA after his two-year stint at Microsoft with an impressive resume backing him. For one, he’s had 17 years of experience in the industry. In 1994 he founded Tiburon Entertainment, the studio behind the Madden and Tiger Woods games. In 1998 the studio was bought out by EA, and in 2002 he moved to British Columbia and was promoted to Senior VP and Group General Manager at EA’s Burnaby Studio. Here he oversaw the creation of such titles as FIFA Soccer, NHL Hockey and Need For Speed. He was eventually promoted to Chief Operating Officer for EA’s Worldwide Studios, and then to Executive Vice President to oversee EA’s online Platform and Central Development Services Group. Then, in 2007, he moved to Microsoft to help create the LIVE Software Division. This later expanded to overseeing Microsoft Game Studios and Xbox LIVE. With such a list of accomplishments it is no wonder EA wanted him back.

And, in case anyone was wondering why he would want to return to EA, Schappert had this to say, “After nearly two decades working in or around this company, I’ve got EA in my blood. This is a team that is intensely focused on quality and innovation. I’m looking forward to rejoining EA as Chief Operating Officer and helping grow the business on new platforms and in new markets.”

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