Hayes joined SEGA in '04 and has overseen them go from console manufacturer to multiplatform publisher. He was instrumental in acquiring Sports Interactive and Creative Assembly.
The SEGA West boss was also responsible for pushing the Sonic franchise into a digital direction. This summer Mike Hayes will step down from his high perch within SEGA.
"Mike has achieved a huge amount during his time at SEGA and we thank him for the amazing things he has accomplished," said SEGA President and Representative Director Naoya Tsurumi.
"Mike is a great character and very passionate about the industry, he helped steer the extraordinary growth of SEGA and has built an exceptional team of professionals that will stand us in good stead for the future."
SEGA hasn't being doing too well of late and so perhaps its best Hayes leaves before things get a little too ugly. Fortunately their latest release, Binary Domain, has been warmly welcomed by most.