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Sony promotes American game chief

Sony Computer Entertainment America, the subsidiary that handles North American sales of the market-leading PlayStation 2 game console and related products, announced it promoted President Kaz Hirai to CEO. Hirai has been with Sony for 19 years and helped launch the original version of the PlayStation.

"Kaz has been a key member of my strategic management group for many years, and his dedication and business acumen has helped the organization achieve and exceed business goals never before realized," Ken Kutaragi, CEO of parent division Sony Computer Entertainment, said in a statement.