Kris: Before I decided to pursue being an entrepreneur I spent over 15 years working in IT. For many of those years I was in an office surrounded by men. Have you gotten used to being one of very few women in your field? What is the atmosphere like?
Shannon: You either feel comfortable or you don’t. For me, playing sports in college surrounded by guys may have helped. I have always been comfortable hanging out with a bunch of guys working out of their house. I’ve always managed a large number of guys.
Kris: How long have you worked at PlayStation?
Shannon: I started working at Sony in 1997.
Kris: How did you end up in your current position?
Shannon: They were having some struggles with the art side in development. They asked me to be a member of a new studio that they wanted to open. They wanted me to own the art department. I then moved into producer role. I had an opportunity to own a game to ship in late 2001. I was also Producer on first God of War in 2002.
Kris: Any specific trends you are seeing with gamers today?
Shannon: Mobile gaming is very strong right now. It is opening up a new type of gamer. I can sit and play with my daughter which is different then any experience I have had. There is an opportunity to connect in the real world using gaming. It is not going away. This is very different than just 5 years ago.
Kris: Where is PlayStation headed in 2013 and what do you foresee for the future?
Shannon: PS4 is a major heavy lifting experience for PS. I am looking forward to seeing the support of the hardware via the software. Sony is globally united behind PS4. We are working to develop games to bring folks to the PS4.