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Herman Hulst And Hideaki Nishino Named Joint CEOs Of PlayStation To Succeed Jim Ryan

PlayStation has a new leadership structure following the departure of Jim Ryan, where former PlayStation Studios head Herman Hulst will take the reigns as joint chief executive officer alongside Hideaki Nishino, former senior vice president of Platform Experience at PlayStation.

Hulst will still be in charge of PlayStation’s first-party studios under his new title as leader of Studios Business Group. NIshino for his part will be chief executive officer and leader of Platform Business Group, representing the hardware side of the business.

The short form is Hulst will oversee everything on PlayStation’s software output while Nishino will oversee hardware. Both Hulst and Nishino will in turn report to Hiroki Totoki, the new Sony Interactive Entertainment chairman.

“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 Hulst in a statement to GamesIndustry.Biz.

“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.”

Nishino adds “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.

I am honored 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.”

Having two leaders in this way is not something PlayStation has done before, though the split between hardware and software shows just how much each of those divisions has grown and requires greater attention that one person just can’t give on their own.

It’ll be interesting to see how effective this new structure is in helping PlayStation achieve its future goals. With Hulst and Nishino both having just begun, we can only wait and see how things go from here.

Source – [GamesIndustry.Biz]