Patrick Söderlund EA Games PS4

Patrick Söderlund, the somewhat scary Electronic Arts executive who you will almost certainly recognise from various press conferences over the years, has decided to depart his role as Chief Design Officer at the publishing giant. The Swedish suit got his start as CEO at developer DICE, but eventually worked his way up the corporate ladder, becoming one of EA’s most recognisable faces.

“Patrick has been a trusted business partner and a great friend, and his inspiring leadership has had an outstanding impact on EA,” current CEO Andrew Wilson wrote as part of a letter to EA employees today. “We wish Patrick the very best in his next life adventure, and we thank him for his many significant contributions.”

There’s no word on where Söderlund will end up next, but given his considerable experience, we can only imagine he’ll be in hot demand.