After 35 years with the company, former Sony CEO and Chairman Kaz Hirai has retired from the company.
Kaz Hirai is very well known among the video game community as he became the president of Sony Computer Entertainment in 2006 right before the launch of the Playstation 3. Between 2007 and 2012, he worked in various executive positions in SCEI and Sony Corporation before ultimately becoming President and CEO of Sony Corporation on February 2, 2018.
When he announced his retirement this past March, Hirai stated:
“Since passing the baton of CEO to Yoshida-san last April, as chairman of Sony, I have had the opportunity to both ensure a smooth transition and provide support to Sony’s management.
“I am confident that everyone at Sony is fully aligned under Yoshida-san’s strong leadership, and are ready to build an even brighter future for Sony.
“As such, I have decided to depart from Sony, which has been a part of my life for the past 35 years. I would like to extend my warmest gratitude to all our employees and stakeholders who have supported me throughout this journey.”