Dave Roberts, chief executive of Electronic Arts’ PopCap Games division, will retire next week, according to a GamesBeat report. Roberts, who joined the company almost nine years ago will officially exit the company on January 8, with PopCap co-founder John Vechey taking over the job of CEO at the Seattle-based studio responsible for the Plants vs. Zombies and Bejeweled franchises.
Roberts is leaving the company at around the same time as co-founder Jason Kapalka exits the company, though he will remain in some capacity as a creative consultant.
EA bought PopCap for over $750 million in 2011. The company's most recent game, the free-to-play mobile title Plants vs. Zombies 2, has proven to be a big success for the EA division.