Kaz Hirai is stepping down as CEO and president of Sony at the end of March.
Hirai will continue to serve Sony as director and chairman. His replacement, current CFO Kenichiro Yoshida, will take over as CEO and president on April 1st, according to a recent announcement.
“Mr. Yoshida combines a deeply strategic mindset with a relentless determination to achieve defined targets, and the ability to take a global viewpoint,” Hirai stated in a recent comment about the internal shift. “I believe he possesses the breadth of experience and perspective, as well as the unwavering leadership qualities required to manage Sony’s diverse array of businesses, and as such is the ideal person to drive the company forward into the future.”
Hirai is best known for his role in making the PlayStation and (especially) the PlayStation 2 as dominant forces in the video game industry as head of Sony Computer Entertainment America, thanks in part to his dedication to the development of exciting first-party and third-party exclusives. In 2006, Hirai was promoted to president of Sony Computer Entertainment, and in 2012 became Sony’s CEO and president.
Hirai was the main reason that PlayStation became one of Sony’s major focuses over the past decade, but PlayStation fans shouldn’t worry too much about this managerial shakeup, as Yoshida plans to “build on the business foundations established by Mr. Hirai, and execute further reform measures that enhance our competitiveness as a global enterprise,” he said in a statement.
Fortunately, fake Kaz Hirai confirmed that, even though his real-life counterpart is stepping down as CEO, he will continue to tweet:
Just to confirm: CHAIRMAN Kaz Hirai will still be tweeting during this year’s E3.
— CEO Kaz Hirai (@KazHiraiCEO) February 2, 2018