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Sony CEO Kaz Hirai to step down from role in March


Jason Clement

It's the end of an era, folks.

 

First, word came out that PlayStation Worldwide Studios head Andrew House was stepping down from his role at the end of 2017, then the beloved Kaz Hirai parody account known as @KazHiraiCEO would also be retiring from making jokes sometime in 2018.

 

Now, the real Kaz Hirai -- the actual CEO of Sony -- has announced he will be stepping down from his role in March, though he will be transitioning into the role of chairman. Hirai has tapped current Sony CFO Kenichiro Yoshida as his successor in the CEO role.

 

Though he's best known to PlayStation fans for his work on the video game brand, especially for his infamous 2006 E3 appearance ("Riiiiidge RACER!"), Hirai started at Sony Computer Entertainment America in 1995 and quickly rose through the ranks over the years, eventually succeeding Ken Kutaragi as President and Group CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc., and then Howard Stringer as President and CEO of Sony Corporation itself.

 

Hirai bows out as he leaves Sony as a whole on a financial upswing, having helped restructure the company after years of losses and bringing it back into the black.

 

Source: The Verge

 

What are your thoughts on Kaz Hirai retiring from his role as Sony CEO?



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I dunno if it's just me, but I feel like a lot of big wigs have been stepping down or being replaced as of late. I wonder if the game industry is just looking to shake things up from a directive stand point or if maybe these higher ups no something that the rest of us don't. Get your tinfoil hats ready, folks.

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6 hours ago, Royzoga said:

I dunno if it's just me, but I feel like a lot of big wigs have been stepping down or being replaced as of late. I wonder if the game industry is just looking to shake things up from a directive stand point or if maybe these higher ups no something that the rest of us don't. Get your tinfoil hats ready, folks.

 

Honestly, being CEO of a company as big as Sony can be a big headache, and I imagine Hirai wanted to leave on a high note, so this would certainly be the time to do it. Interesting that the timing comes so close to Andrew House leaving, though.

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10 hours ago, Jason Clement said:

Interesting that the timing comes so close to Andrew House leaving, though.

That's what I mean, like-- It's all well and good that CEO's and big wigs are stepping down during profitable and prosperous times and everything, but it just seems odd that it's been more than a handful of them doing it all at once! I wonder if Sony specifically has some sort of big announcement they're holding onto for E3 this year whi-- Wow that's only 4 months away now!

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