Kaz Hirai is retiring from Sony

Sony president Kazuo "Kaz" Hirai announced his retirement and closed a 35-year career with the company. Hirai left the position of CEO a little over a year ago, and passed the paper to Kenichiro Yoshida, the CFO with whom he orchestrated Sony's switch from a device maker that was losing money to a cost-focused, component-based company and the PlayStation business. . he will leave his position as president on June 18, but will continue to act as the company's occasional "chief advisor" at the request of the Sony management team. "Hirai-san and I have been working together on management reforms since December 2013," Yoshida said in a statement. "As he retires from the President and our Board of Directors, we look forward to his continued high-level support to Sony's management that spans a broad range of diverse businesses."

"From CEO's passing to Yoshida – Last April, as president of Sony, I had the opportunity to ensure a smooth transition and support the Sony administration," says Hirai's statement. that everyone at Sony is fully aligned under the strong leadership of Yoshida-san and are ready to build an even brighter future for Sony As such, I have decided to start from Sony, which has been part of my life for the past 35 years I would like to express my sincere thanks to all of our employees and stakeholders who have supported me on this trip. "

Hirai joined Sony's music division in 1984, and then moved to the United States to direct the label's overseas marketing. He moved to Sony Computer Entertainment in 1995, just before the launch of the first PlayStation, and finally he succeeded Ken Kutaragi in 2006 as head of the gaming business. In 2012, he replaced Howard Stringer as CEO of Sony, spearheading a "One Sony" initiative that streamlined the company's operations.

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