Shuffle at the top - Sony CEO Kaz Hirai steps down

Ivan, 02 February 2018

After 6 years as Sony CEO, Kazuo "Kaz" Hirai is stepping down to a more sidelined position as chairman and will be replaced by current CFO Kenichiro Yoshida.

Yoshida will take the reins on April 1, vacating the spot of CFO, which will be taken by current Sony Mobile CEO Hiroki Totoki.

Image credit: Sony

Kaz Hirai was the one who hired Kenichiro Yoshida as Strategy Chief at Sony and has worked closely with him since.

Hirai will remain an active voice in Sony as chairman and vows to "facilitate a smooth transition".

Sony's mobile division has been struggling for a while now and has been unable to keep up with competition. However Sony's Playstation and Imaging businesses have traditionally been profitable, keeping the Japanese company in good form.

We're looking forward to seeing a new Sony lineup with 18:9 screens to finally challenge the likes of Samsung and Apple.



Reader comments

  • Anonymous
  • 28 Mar 2019
  • 043

I don‘t think this is bad, it could improve the connection between the TVs and phones and cameras and create kind-of an ecosystem like Samsung has, of course not as far as Apple goes but still a bit.

  • Rock
  • 06 Feb 2018
  • PRP

Sony's mobile division is already making profits. And don't worry about SONY , before Sony dies LG , HTC will die because their mobile division are making losses

  • Xperia Z3+ Ex-user
  • 06 Feb 2018
  • X}q

U sure about what u are posted? My Xperia Z3+ overheat issue, headphone jack notification issue, network delay issue (while playing online game). the only thing I feel sony phone good is, its screen recording (it able record all sound thru...

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