PlayStation’s Kaz Hirai & House Promoted, Kutaragi Retires as ChairmanBy Alex Co | June 29, 2011 | News | 1 comment | Share
Two PlayStation executives just got bigger paychecks and brand new titles for their jobs. I’m talking about Kazuo “Kaz” Hirai and Andrew House.
Andrew House, currently the president and CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment Europe (SCEE) will now replace Hirai as group president and CEO of SCE International. This will take effect on September 1 of this year.
Hirai has been promoted from group president to SCE International Chariman. This promotion also comes with the announcement that current chairman Akira Sato will be retiring, effective on August 31, 2011.
Of course we can’t have promotions without press statements.
Let’s start with House’s statement first.
It is both an honour and a privilege to be named as President and Group CEO at SCEI. I believe there is huge potential for further growth of our business globally, and I'm looking forward to working with everyone in the SCE Group and with other groups in Sony to help achieve this potential by pursuing the creation of brand new user experiences.
Got that? Now it’s Hirai’s turn and keep in mind that Hirai is being groomed to replace Sir Howard Stringer, CEO of Sony. That’s what people are saying at least.
In fiscal 2010, we achieved profitability for the first time in five years as a result of group-wide united efforts, including continuous cost reduction for PS3 in which I first took the initiative after assuming President of SCEI in December 2006.
Hirai also added a few bits regarding the upcoming release of the PlayStation Vita and his confidence in his successor.
We are facing new challenges this year, such as the successful launch of PlayStation Vita and further growth of PS3 platform as well as expansion of non-gaming business.
I'm confident that the skills and expertise Andy has gained over two decades working for Sony and SCE Group will contribute enormously in leading the PlayStation business and to bring new initiatives in managing the business in the networked era.
In related news, Ken Kutaragi, the “father” of the PlayStation brand is also retiring from his role as honorary chairman of SCEI but will still keep his role of senior technology advisor for Sony.
Do you think Hirai will be a good replacement for Stringer eventually? He certainly knows his game, if you know what I mean.