Sony will have a new CEO, Kazuo Hirai becomes chairman

Sony will have a new CEO, Kazuo Hirai becomes chairman
Kenichiro Yoshida (left) and Kazuo Hirai (right) attending a Sony press-conference in 2016.

Chief Executive Officer of Sony Corporation - Kazuo "Kaz" Hirai, will step down from his position and will become Sony's chairman instead, as of April 1st 2018. Taking his place will be Kenichiro Yoshida - currently Chief Financial Officer of Sony. The news were announced today on Sony's official website.

The proposition for the upcoming change came from Kazuo Hirai himself and is considered somewhat of a surprise, considering his success throughout the years as the CEO. Hirai was appointed Chief Executive Officer back on April 1st 2012, while being Executive Deputy President of Sony Corporation. At the time the company was going through financial problems, but his decisions as CEO helped immensely. The biggest proof for that came in 2013 when Sony reported net profit in its full-year financial results for the first time in five years. This all came just a mere year after Hirai's appointment as CEO. Also under his management Sony put emphasis on its gaming and mobile divisions, while getting rid off some not so profitable projects, example being the Vaio laptops business, which was sold to an investment fund back in 2014


Hirai has been with company since 1995, initially joining Sony Computer Entertainment - Sony's computer and console division. He helped make the PlayStation 2 the most successful console of all-time, selling over 158,000,000 units worldwide as of 2013, when it was discontinued.

Sony's future CEO Kenichiro Yoshida has been Chief Financial officer since 2014 and is also a part of the board of directors. 


source: Sony

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5 Comments

1. Zylam

Posts: 1816; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

My favourite CEO, I love this guy. He has Sony in his blood and Sony has him in its. He brought it back. It's Ridge Racer!!!!! 599!!!!

2. josephnero

Posts: 780; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

he is a hero you know

3. Chuck007

Posts: 1410; Member since: Mar 02, 2014

Dude’s a great CEO, but still miss VAIO. Specs wasn’t the best but design and build quality was second to none back in the day when it was still owned by Sony. They were all like pieces of art.

5. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

How about Hanamichi Sakuragi?

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