Sony Interactive Entertainment has announced that former deputy president Jim Ryan is now the new president and CEO of SIE. He will also be a representative director and president of SIE’s Japan-based legal entity. He will take the charge on April 1, 2019.
Coming to his place of Deputy President is the current president and CEO of SIE John (Tsuyoshi) Kodera. He will also take the role of representative director and deputy president of the SIE legal entity. There are now new names in these two positions, both of them are simply taking over each other’s places.
John Kodera issued his official statement on this matter which is detailed below.
I have been discussing with 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. 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.
The new president and CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment, Jim Ryan also shared his views on his appointment. We have detailed them below.
It’s a huge honor to be asked to take on the role of President and CEO of SIE. I’ve seen the PlayStation business grow and change massively since the very early days, and I hope to be able to put that experience to good use in reinforcing the foundations of the Game & Network Service business, and in evolving the entertainment that PlayStation offers to its engaged and passionate community.
Working with John and the SIE team around the world, I am committed to strengthening relations with our business partners, and to continuing to provide the ultimate interactive entertainment experiences that make PlayStation the Best Place to Play.
Jim Ryan will take control of his new office from April 1, 2019. He started his journey with Sony when he joined Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe back in 1994. He has his current position for almost a year now.