The current Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE) Deputy President Jim Ryan will be appointed as President and CEO of SIE, starting April 1st, 2019.
Announced this morning by SIE, Jim Ryan’s appointment will see existing President and CEO John (Tsuyoshi) Kodera step down to become the Deputy President of SIE, with a focus on ‘creating innovative user experiences and further enhancing the network area.’
Alongside his new role, Jim Ryan will also assume the role of Representative Director and President of SIE’s Japan-based legal entity, Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc, alongside Kodera, acting as Representative Director and Deputy President.
Jim Ryan will report directly to Kenichiro Yoshida, President and CEO of Sony Corporation, who said:
“Our Game & Network Services business has grown into the Sony Group’s largest business in terms of both sales and operating income. Furthermore, our business in this domain holds significant importance as our growth driver going forward. At the same time, this industry is relentlessly fast-moving, and to remain the market leader, we must constantly evolve ourselves with a sense of urgency.”
Ryan adding: “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.”