John Riccitiello

John Riccitiello (/rɪkɪˈtɛloʊ/) is an American business executive.

Previously, he was chief executive officer, chief operating officer and president of Unity Technologies, Electronic Arts, and co-founded private equity firm Elevation Partners in 2004. Riccitiello has sat on several company boards, including those of the Entertainment Software Association, the Entertainment Software Rating Board, the Haas School of Business and the USC School of Cinematic Arts.

John Riccitiello
John Riccitiello
Riccitiello in 2018
Born1957 or 1958 (age 65–66)
Alma materUniversity of California, Berkeley
Occupationformer Chief executive officer
Years active1993–2023
Employer(s)Wilson Sporting Goods (1993–1995)
Sara Lee Bakery Worldwide (1996–1997)
Electronic Arts (1997–2004)
Elevation Partners (2004–2007)
Electronic Arts (2007–2014)
Unity Technologies (2014–2023)
Board member of
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Early life and education

John Riccitiello was born in Erie, Pennsylvania. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of California, Berkeley's Haas School of Business in 1981.

Career

Early in his career, Riccitiello worked at Clorox and PepsiCo, and was managing director of the Häagen-Dazs division of Grand Metropolitan. He was named president and chief executive officer (CEO) of Wilson Sporting Goods, as well as chairman of MacGregor Golf, in late 1993. He then was president and CEO of Sara Lee Corporation's Sara Lee Bakery Worldwide unit, from March 1996 to September 1997.

Riccitiello joined video game company Electronic Arts (EA) in October 1997, initially as president and chief operating officer until 2004. He left the company to co-found and be a partner of Elevation Partners, a private equity firm specializing in entertainment and media businesses, along with Roger McNamee and Bono. Riccitiello returned to EA as CEO from February 2007 to March 2013, when the board of directors accepted his resignation because of the company's financial performance. Following EA, he worked as an advisor to startup companies and became an early investor in Oculus VR.

Riccitiello became the CEO of Unity Technologies in late 2014, having previously consulted for and joined the technology company's board in November 2013. During his tenure, he has overseen two fundraising rounds, raising $181 million in 2016 and $400 million in 2017. He has also worked to get Unity's game engine into Oculus's software development kit. Riccitiello has led efforts to develop the use of Unity's software tools beyond gaming, in industries such as automotive design, construction, and filmmaking. On October 9, 2023, Unity announced that Riccitiello would be leaving the company amid controversy, appointing Jim Whitehurst as interim CEO and president.

Boards

Riccitiello chaired the Entertainment Software Association and Entertainment Software Rating Board during the early 2010s. He has been on the Haas School of Business' board, as well as the Board of Councilors for the University of Southern California's USC School of Cinematic Arts.

Recognition

Riccitiello was ranked number 39 on Sports Illustrated's 2013 list of the "50 Most Powerful People in Sports".

Litigation

On 5 June 2019, Anne Evans, formerly vice-president in human resources for Unity Technologies, filed a sexual harassment and wrongful termination lawsuit against the company, stating that Riccitiello sexually harassed her. Unity Technologies responded that Evans' allegations were false and that she had been terminated due to misconduct and lapse in judgment.

On September 10, 2019, the Superior Court of California issued a court order granting Unity’s motion to compel arbitration and stay all proceedings.

Personal life

Riccitiello has two daughters, a step-son, a step-daughter and has lived in various cities for work, including the U.S. cities of Birmingham, Alabama, Chicago, New York City, and San Francisco, as well as Düsseldorf, London, Nicosia, and Paris. He has been described as "politically active", and donated to Barack Obama's 2008 presidential campaign. Riccitiello delivered a commencement speech at his alma mater in 2011.

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Further reading

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