Replaces Howard Stringer, who will become chairman of the board of directors.
Kazuo Hirai has now been made CEO of Sony Corporation, the company announced today. He replaces Sir Howard Stringer, who will now take up the role of executive chairman until June, before becomes the chairman of the board.
We will miss your 'Riiidddgeee Raaacceer!', Kaz.
“I am grateful to Sir Howard and to the Board for their confidence in me, and I look forward to working with everyone at Sony more closely than ever before to build a strong future for our customers, shareholders, partners and employees,” said Hirai.
“The foundations are now firmly in place for the new management team and me to fully leverage Sony’s diverse electronics product portfolio, in conjunction with our rich entertainment assets and growing array of networked services, to engage with our customers around the world in new and exciting ways.”
Hirai took over PlayStation father Ken Kuataragi in 2006, and was rumored for the CEO position earlier in the month. He will take office only from April 1, 2012.
“Kaz is a globally focused executive for whom technology and the cloud are familiar territory, content is highly valued, and digital transformation is second nature,” said Stringer.
“I believe his tough-mindedness and leadership skills will be of great benefit to the company and its customers in the months and years ahead. I look forward to helping Kaz in every way I can so that succession leads inevitably to success.”