Sony Interactive announced today that John (Tsuyoshi) Kodera currently the Deputy President of SIE has been appointed President and CEO effective immediately.
Current President and Global CEO Andrew House will transition from operational management of SIE, but will remain with SIE as Chairman through the year to ensure a smooth transition.
In conjunction with the management transition at SIE, Mr. House is stepping down from his role as EVP, Corporate Executive Officer of Sony Corporation, also effective immediately.
“When I passed the baton of leadership for Sony Computer Entertainment to Andrew House in 2011, I was confident that I was leaving the PlayStation business in the best possible hands, and so it has proved. I’m extremely grateful to Andy for the great contribution he has made to evolving the PlayStation business, and firmly positioning it as one of the drivers of our future growth. Andy and I go back more than 20 years and spent much of this time together, dedicating ourselves to ensuring the success of the PlayStation business. I would like to thank Andy for his contribution over many years, and wish him every success in the future,” said Kazuo Hirai, President and CEO, Sony Corporation.
“John Koderahas led Sony’s network service business since 2013 and played a pivotal role in its growth. He is a truly global executive, possessing strategic understanding, strength of conviction and outstanding leadership capabilities. Since his appointment as Deputy President of SIE last year, alongside Andy he has also been responsible for the company’s overall business strategy and product planning. With the significance of network services increasing across the entire Sony Group, I believe that John is ideally equipped to build on the foundations Andy has left in place, and drive Sony’s game and network services business to further growth and excitement going forward.”
The Game and Network division which includes Playstation hardware and software sales generated 47% of the groups total operating profit for the June quarter.
Kodera at his time at Playstation has seen the launch and upgrade of Playstaation Store, Playstation Music, Playstation Video and Playstation Vue.
The announcement comes as rumours of Playstation 5 abound and talks with developer Bluehole are in progress to see PubG brought to the platform.