Last year Kaz Hirai announced he was stepping down as CEO of Sony and now he is retiring from Sony on June 18, 2019.
Since passing the baton of CEO to Yoshida-san last April, as Chairman of Sony, I have had the opportunity to both ensure a smooth transition and provide support to Sony’s management. I am confident that everyone at Sony is fully aligned under Yoshida-san’s strong leadership, and are ready to build an even brighter future for Sony. As such, I have decided to depart from Sony, which has been a part of my life for the past 35 years. I would like to extend my warmest gratitude to all our employees and stakeholders who have supported me throughout this journey.Kaz Hirai via Sony New Release
Even though Hirai has decided to move onto other things, he will still provide support to Sony when requested. And while this is a massive blow for his fans, it’s clear Sony is looking at different directions.
Since stepping down as CEO Sony opted out of doing the PlayStation Experience and later announced they would not do anything for E3. We also recently got their first State of Play, something that was met with mixed reactions, but could easily evolve into something bigger sometime in the future.
But, for now, it’s nice to Hirai move onto other things, whatever they might be.