Sony CEO Jim Ryan will be retiring from his Sony Interactive Entertainment role. Learn more about his reasons for stepping down, Jim Ryan's roles in Sony, and the person who will be taking his place.
CEO Jim Ryan Steps Down After Nearly 3 Decades With Sony
Striking Balance Between Home and Work
Jim Ryan, President and CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE) has announced his retirement, finishing up a nearly three-decade tenure with the PlayStation business. Ryan's decision to step down has many in the gaming industry thinking about his influential career. He said he did not take this decision lightly, that he loved SIE and their community. Ryan cited the difficulties of balancing his work in the US and his home in the UK as the main reason for his decision.
Jim Ryan began working for Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe (SIEE) in 1994. Since then, he has held various high-level positions within the organization, including President of SIEE, Head of Global Sales and Marketing, and Deputy President of SIE, all of which he held before being named SIE President and CEO.
Hiroki Totoki To Become SIE Interim CEO
Hiroki Totoki, a seasoned executive inside the Sony Group Corporation, will succeed Jim Ryan. Totoki is well-versed in the complexities of Sony Group Corporation's operations, having previously served as its President, COO, and CFO. Hiroki Totoki brings deep knowledge of the PlayStation industry to his new position due to years of close engagement with SIE. He will begin a new chapter as the Chairman of SIE in October 2023 and assume the role of Interim CEO of SIE starting April 1, 2024.
Sony Executives Express Gratitude to Jim Ryan
Totoki offered deep gratitude to Jim Ryan in a press release for his achievements over his 30-year career at Sony, particularly with the launch of PS5. He shared his excitement for PlayStation's future and the game industry with everyone at SIE.
In response to the change, Kenichiro Yoshida, Chairman and CEO of Sony Group Corporation, expressed his appreciation to Jim Ryan for his essential contributions to Sony and SIE. He trusts Hiroki Totoki's abilities and hopes for SIE's future under Totoki's leadership.