Sony Interactive Entertainment names Jim Ryan as CEO - Variety

Sony Interactive Entertainment vice president Jim Ryan has been named president and chief executive of the company, Sony Corporation and SIE announced on Monday.

Ryan will take over the new position as of April 1, 2019, reporting directly to Sony Corporation's chairman and CEO, Kenichiro Yoshida. The current SIE president and CEO John Kodera will now focus on developing "innovative user experiences" as vice president of SIE.

"It is a great honor to take on the role of President and CEO of SIE," Ryan said in a prepared statement. "I have seen the PlayStation business grow and change radically from the very first days, and I hope I can build on that experience in strengthening the foundations of the Game & Network Service business and in developing the entertainment that PlayStation offers to committed and passionate community.Working with John and the SIE team all over the world, I'm committed to strengthening relationships with our business partners and continuing to provide the best interactive entertainment experiences that make PlayStation the best place to play. "

"I discussed with Yoshida-san the need to drive SIE to the next stage of our rapidly changing business environment," said Kodera. "And realize the evolution of the PlayStation platform and further enrich the user experiences made possible through the network, which is an essential value that people expect in the PlayStation entertainment provides.

"As a result, we have concluded that the best direction is for Jim to take the helm of the general management of SIE and to lead the area of ​​the network to continue creating innovative services and experiences, where competition continues to intensify with many new ones. players joining the business Jim has extensive knowledge of the gaming industry and industry, as well as a deep understanding of PlayStation's culture and strengths, I am confident that it will lead us to greater success as CEO of SIE I will continue to support Jim by further strengthening user engagement and the overall growth of the PlayStation industry, and I intend to leverage my experience and expertise to help strengthen Sony's DX strategy (Digital Transformation). "

Ryan will also take on the role of Representative Director and Chairman of the Japanese legal entity of SIE Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc., while Kodera will be its Representative Director and Vice President.

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