After six years at the top, Sony boss Kaz Hirai is moving into the presumably somewhat less ostentatious office of director and chairman in April, with current executive deputy president and chief financial officer Kenichiro Yoshida taking over as company president.
“Mr. Yoshida combines a deeply strategic mindset with a relentless determination to achieve defined targets, and the ability to take a global viewpoint,” Hirai explains in the press stuff. “I believe he possesses the breadth of experience and perspective, as well as the unwavering leadership qualities required to manage Sony’s diverse array of businesses, and as such is the ideal person to drive the company forward into the future. As Chairman, I will of course offer my full support to Mr. Yoshida and the new management team, and do all I can to facilitate a smooth transition and ensure their future success.”
Hirai has worked with Sony since 1984, starting in Sony Music Entertainment Japan before joining Sony Computer Entertainment America in 1995.
In somewhat unrelated but kind of related news, Twitter parody account @KazHiraiCEO also recently announced its own retirement, and is now (as expected) asking why this is even new news.