Today Sony Corporation and Sony Interactive Entertainment announced that current SIE Deputy President John (Tsuyoshi) Kodera has been appointed President and CEO, effective immediately.
Kodera takes the role of Andrew House, who will gradually leave operational management of the company, but will remain as Chairman through the fiscal year to ensure a smooth transition.
Kodera will take on the operational leadership for Sony’s game and network services segment of the business, and will report directly to the company’s big boss Kaz Hirai.
Andrew House is also stepping down from his position as Sony’s Executive Vice President in order to “pursue new challenges.”
House’s career at the company lasted 27 years. He became President and CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment in 2011, and is leadership is seen by many as one of the key factors behind the success of PS4.
Kodera has worked for Sony for 25 years. In 2013 he became President of Sony Network Entertainment, and has worked on initiatives like the PlayStation Store, PlayStation Plus and PlayStation Now. The network services segment has been a very relevant revenue driver for PlayStation over the past few years.
Last year Kodera moved up to Deputy President of SIE, working with House on the overall management of the game and network services business including product development, business strategy and system and network engineering.
The press release included a comment from Sony Corporation President and CEO Kazuo Hirai:
“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.
John Kodera has 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.”
House also had his own message to share, mentioning that he’d like to pursue new challenges, and thanking the PlayStation fanbase and gamers for their support.
“I’m tremendously proud of what we’ve built with PlayStation and Sony Interactive Entertainment: entertaining millions globally with the best in games and creating a fully fledged digital entertainment company. PlayStation has been a huge part of my life for more than 20 years but with the business having achieved record-breaking success, now seemed to be the right time for me to pursue new challenges.
I shall always treasure the friendships and people that have made SIE such a wonderful place to work. I’m also grateful to PlayStation fans and gamers around the world for their loyalty and support. John and the team at SIE are world-class and I know the future of PlayStation is very bright.”
Last, but not least, we get a comment from Kodera himself, who promised to expand the PlayStation business further, building on the work done by Andrew House.
“It’s a great honor to take on the role of President and CEO, SIE, and I’m very grateful to Kaz and Andy for the trust and faith they have shown in me. I intend to build on the amazing progress Andy has made enhancing the PlayStation brand and expanding the game and network services business, and will strive to further strengthen the unique value proposition we are able to offer via the PlayStation platform.
I look forward to working together with the SIE team, and everyone across the Sony Group, to continue to strengthen relations with our business partners, and provide the best possible interactive entertainment experiences, that only PlayStation can deliver.”