Sony Announces New PlayStation Leadership Structure Following Jim Ryan’s Retirement

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Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE) has announced a change of leadership structure that will see two new CEOs coming in to replace Jim Ryan who retired in March. Hermen Hulst, who is currently the head of PlayStation Studious, and Hideaki Nishino, currently serving as the senior vice president of Platform Experience Group will both step in as co-CEOs starting from June 1st.

Nishino will take the leadership of SIE’s Platform Business Group while Hulst will lead the Studio Business Group. Both will report to Hiroki Totoki who will now serve as the chairman of SIE, in addition to his role as president, COO and CFO of Sony Group Corporation. Totoki has been serving as the interim CEO of SIE since Ryan stepped down.

We will continue to connect players and creators through world-class products, services, and technology. We always strive to grow our community even bigger with innovation in every area at Sony Interactive Entertainment,” said Hideaki Nishino, SVP, of Platform Experience Group. “I am honoured to be appointed such an important role alongside Hermen. By working more closely together, we will be positioned to build incredible experiences for an ever-expanding audience now and in the future.”

Hulst previously led Guerrilla Games, the studio behind the Horizon series, before serving as the head of PlayStation Studios.

I am thrilled to lead the studio business group and continue to build on our success with PlayStation 5, while preparing for the future,” said Hermen Hulst, SVP, Head of PlayStation Studios. “The video game industry is one of the largest entertainment industries in the world and has been built on the marriage of content and technology, and I look forward to continuing to push the boundaries of play and entertainment.”

Former boss, Jim Ryan announced his retirement in September after spending 30 years with the company. “I’ve relished the opportunity to have a job I love in a very special company, working with great people and incredible partners. But I’ve found it increasingly difficult to reconcile living in Europe and working in North America,” Ryan said in a statement.

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