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Kaz Hirai will retire from Sony in June

Kaz Hirai will retire from Sony in June, stepping down as chairmain on 18 June.

Hirai, first name Kazuo but lovingly referred to as Kaz, will end a 35-year career at Sony when he steps down. He’s held the title of chairman of Sony’s board since 2018, stepping down as CEO of Sony back in April 2018.

“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,” Hirai said in a statement.

“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.”

Sony has confirmed that Hirai “will continue to provide counsel as requested by Sony`s management team, acting as Senior Advisor for the Company,” after his retirement.

Our best wishes for a happy post-retirement period, Hirai-san!

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