PlayStation boss Kazuo Hirai becomes president of Sony
Kazuo Hirai has been named as President and CEO of Sony Corporation. He will take the role on 1 April, and replace Howard Stringer in both roles. Howard Stringer will become chairman of the board of directors in June, when Yotaro Kobayashi retires. Hirai is also expected to be appointed to the board in June. Hirari, 51, is currently Sony's executive deputy president and chairman of the company's Computer Entertainment (SCE)—or PlayStation—arm. He joined the firm in 1984 at Sony Music, before moving to SCE America in 1995, where he played a vital role in the PlayStation's US success. A mainstay amongst PlayStation executives, he replaced Ken Kutaragi as President of Sony Computer Entertainment in 2006. Stringer, 69, recommended Hirari as his successor, saying that he had "distinguished himself through his work in the PlayStation and networked entertainment businesses." Stringer commented, "he is ready to lead, and the time to make this change is now." In the announcement, Hirai laid out ...
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