Kaz Hirai, president and CEO of Sony Corporation, has stepped down as representative director and chairman on the Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCEI) board. However, he will still serve on the SCEI’s board of directors in a part-time role.
Hirai became president and group CEO of SCEI in 2007 and was later replaced by Andrew House on September 1st, 2011, at which point he assumed the role of SCEI Chairman. Hirai was promoted to president and CEO of Sony on April 1st, 2012.
Hirai’s departure from SCEI shouldn’t have any negative repercussions for the PlayStation business. On a recent episode of Podcast Beyond president of SCE Worldwide Studios, Shuhei Yoshida, said Sony is more focused on the PlayStation brand than ever, and shared that Japan’s main PlayStation offices have been relocated to Sony’s global headquarters in Tokyo. As president and CEO of Sony, Hirai can still have a major impact on PlayStation’s fortunes, where he can leverage the seventeen years of experience he’s gathered while working for SCEI.