Sony’s board has issued a statement saying that a decision on Sony’s next president has not yet been made. A report published by the Japanese business paper, The Nikkei, claimed that Kaz Hirai would be promoted to the role of company President by April 2012.
Kaz Hirai had worked specifically on the PlayStation brand for Sony, helping it get to its current successful position, becoming President of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. in 2007. In April 2011 Kaz Hirai was promoted to Representative Corporate Executive Officer and Executive Deputy President of Sony, a much broader role overseeing the Consumer Products and Services group.
The report had claiomed that Kaz Hirai would be promoted to the role of President to ease the role of Howard Stringer, the current CEO, Chairman and President of Sony.