Last March, Kazuo Hirai stepped down as CEO of Sony, a position he had held since before the launch of PlayStation 4. However, his departure from the CEO’s chair wasn’t the end of his Sony tenure. Instead, Hirai transitioned into a new role as chairman of Sony Corporation. A year later, Hirai has now announced his intention to retire in just a few months.
A recent press release from Sony outlined plans for staff changes, including Hirai’s retirement on June 18th. Hirai himself released a statement expressing his faith in Kenichiro Yoshida and thanking employees and investors for their support over the years.
“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. 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.”
— Kazuo Hirai
Even this won’t
truly be the end to his service to Sony, as the same press release notes that he will continue to provide counsel as a Senior Advisor to Sony despite his retirement. This was a request made by Sony’s management team, and Hirai was apparently happy to oblige.