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Kaz Hirai steps down as CEO of Sony Corporation

Kaz Hirai, CEO and President of Sony Corporation, will step down from his role in April 2018.

Hirai will remain with Sony in the honourary role of Director, Chairman from 1 April, and will be replaced by current CFO, Kenichiro Yoshida.

“Ever since my appointment as President and CEO in April 2012, I have stated that my mission is to ensure Sony continues to be a company that provides customers with kando–to move them emotionally–and inspires and fulfils their curiosity,” Hirai said via statement.

“To this end, I have dedicated myself to transforming the company and enhancing its profitability, and am very proud that now, in the third and final year of our current mid-range corporate plan, we are expecting to exceed our financial targets. And it excites me to hear more and more people enthuse that Sony is back again.”

Hirai became President of Sony Computer Entertainment in 2006, overseeing the launch of the PS3. He then took over as CEO of Sony in 2012, replacing Howard Stringer.

Andrew House, Hirai’s replacement as head of Sony Computer Entertainment, has also stepped down from his role recently.

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