Sony has announced a management reorganization for its PlayStation business. The big company announced today that Jim Ryan, the longtime PlayStation executive who recently served as Vice President of Sony Interactive Entertainment, will become the president and CEO of SIE. The move is effective on April 1, 2019, this is not a joke.
John Kodera, the current president and CEO of SIE, will become vice president. In that position, "it will devote its attention to creating innovative user experiences and further improving the network area," Sony said in a statement.
Ryan, who has worked at Sony for a quarter of a century, will report directly to Sony's president and CEO, Kenichiro Yoshida. PlayStation is a big business for Sony. Yoshida said in a statement that Sony's video game division, Game & Network Services, is now Sony's largest business in terms of sales and operating profits. He also said that the games are a "growth engine" for Sony in the future.
"This industry moves relentlessly fast, and to remain the market leader, we must constantly evolve with a sense of urgency," Yoshida said. "Based on extensive discussions with John, I have decided to change SIE's management structure to ensure a sustainable evolution of the PlayStation platform and further growth of the network area."
Yoshida said that Kodera, the outgoing CEO of SIE, will work to further expand the PlayStation Network. It is already a massive service; It has more than 90 million monthly active users worldwide, Sony said.
As for Ryan, he said it is a "great honor" to become the president and CEO of SIE. "I have seen the PlayStation business grow and change massively since the early days, and I look forward to leveraging that experience to reinforce the foundations of the Game & Network Service business, and the evolution of entertainment that PlayStation offers to its committed and passionate community." , He said.
Ryan originally joined Sony in 1994, holding various positions while climbing the corporate ladder. In 2011, Sony appointed him president of SIEE, a position that led him to lead the commercial efforts of PlayStation across Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Oceania. Prior to his appointment to the SIE Vice President in January 2018, Ryan was the head of global sales and marketing at SIE.
Ryan is known for his frank and, at times, controversial comments in interviews. In 2017, Ryan explained why Sony did not allow cross play by saying that doing so could expose children to "outside influences" that he could not control directly. The leader of Xbox, Phil Spencer, responded saying that the comments of Ryan are not healthy for the industry of the videojuegos in general.
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