Earlier today, Sony Interactive Entertainment has announced that Jim Ryan will assume the role of president and CEO of SIE in April. Tsuyoshi Kodera, who currently serves in this role, will essentially swap places with Ryan and become the company’s deputy president and representative director and president of SIE’s Japan-based legal entity. The changes will take effect starting on April 1st, 2019. GameIndustry.biz got a couple of quotes from both parties on the change.
“I have been discussing with [Sony president and CEO, Kenichiro] Yoshida-san the need to drive SIE to the next phase in our rapidly changing business environment, and realize the evolution of the PlayStation platform and further enriching the user experiences made possible through the network, which is an essential value that people expect in the entertainment PlayStation provides,” Kodera said. “As a result, we have concluded that the best direction is for Jim to take the helm of the overall management of SIE, and for me to spearhead the network area to continue creating innovative services and experiences, where competition continues to intensify with many new players joining the business.
“Jim has extensive knowledge around the game business and industry, as well as deep understanding of the PlayStation culture and strengths. I am confident that he will lead us to greater success as CEO of SIE. I will continue to support Jim by contributing to further strengthening user engagement, and to the overall growth of the PlayStation business.”