Kaz Hirai steps down as Sony CEO, moves to chairman role
CEO of the company since 2012, Hirai's time as chief executive saw Sony focus more on gaming and phones. He'll transition from CEO to chairman on April 1.
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"As the company approaches a crucial juncture, when we will embark on a new mid-range [corporate] plan, I consider this to be the ideal time to pass the baton of leadership to new management, for the future of Sony and also for myself to embark on a new chapter in my life," Hirai said in a press release statement.
Hirai first rose to prominence through his work at Sony Computer Entertainment, where he helped launch the wildly popular PlayStation 2 and its successor, the
. He was made president of Sony Computer Entertainment after the PS3's launch, replacing Ken Kutaragi, the "father of PlayStation." He remained in charge of Sony's gaming arm until 2011, when he moved to Sony HQ ahead of his 2012 appointment as CEO of the whole company.
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Originally posted Feb 1, 9:45 p.m. PT.
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