As head of PlayStation and later on CEO of Sony, Kazuo Hirai is one of the industries most recognisable figures and has a gained a lot of respect thanks to the enthusiasm for PlayStation and his interactions on Twitter. Last April he stepped down from the CEO post, replaced by Kenichiro Yoshida, but remained as Director and Chairman. It has now been announced he will also leave those roles.
“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,” said Kaz 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.”
However, Hirai will not be abandoning Sony entirely when he leaves on April 18th, he will still be on hand as a Senior Advisor, just in case they need someone to shout “Riiiidddgggge Raccerr!”
We can’t end without a mention of the superb fake Kaz twitter account, which real Kaz was rather fond of, that captured his enthusiasm and added a huge dose of sarcasm and humour.
Radical Heights isn’t Cliffy B’s first Battle Royale game. LawBreakers started with 100 players online and very quickly only had one left.
— Ex-CEO Kaz Hirai (@KazHiraiCEO) April 11, 2018