LucasArts president Jim Ward has given up his spot atop the Death Star and will seek another galaxy far, far away. Kotaku got the official word from LucasArts that Ward resigned "for personal reasons" and will leave the company in a couple of weeks.
There are certainly numerous questions surrounding Ward's resignation. Paramount being: Um, why is he leaving? Ward was expected to speak at D.I.C.E. in a few weeks with ESA president Michael Gallagher, and he was also on the Executive Committee of the ESA's Board of Directors. We'll update as more information comes in.
Update: LucasArts confirmed with GameDaily BIZ that Ward will not be attending D.I.C.E and his presentation was scrapped. A company spokesperson also said a search for a replacement has just started.