There looks like a bit of a shakeup in the world of Sony, it’s been announced today by the company that chairman/director of Sony Corp. Kaz Hirai will be retiring on June 18th after 35 years with Sony.
Below is the official statement from Kaz.
“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.”
Hirai had previously stepped down as the company’s CEO last year.
Sony has many different divisions including gaming via PlayStation/game studios, technology products (TVs, phones, laptops), along with their various film and television studios. It’ll be interesting to see if this shakeup leads to a sale, there had been rumors and speculation for a while now that Sony Pictures could be sold-off. Nothing seems to point to that direction and Hiari had squashed that talk in the past.
Sony Corp. had pushed the film division to make a production deal with Marvel Studios for Spider-Man after hiccups in the wake of the release of Amazing Spider-Man 2, it’ll be interesting to see if this could also have an impact to that relationship as well. Yet, we don’t predict that Sony actively would want to end any deals with Marvel or would walk away when it comes time to re-up the deal when it expires.