Sony Interactive Entertainment has announced multiple leadership changes to the company, with Jim Ryan still in charge, but a number of people involved with PSVR development getting promotions.
Shared in a blog post, Jim Ryan will stay in his position as CEO and President of Sony Interactive Entertainment, with Masayasu Ito being appointed Representative Director and Deputy President. Ito was previously the Development Director on the original PSVR headset. Ito will be joined by Lin Tao as Director and Deputy President and Takeshi Shibata as Director.
John (Tsuyoshi) Kodera will leave SIE and move to Sony Group, while Hideaki Nishino has been promoted to SVP, Platform Experience and will “oversee Network Engineering and Operations, R&D, Design, Data Strategy and Operations in addition to having previously led managing Product and Platform development.” Nishino has been involved a lot in platform management and is responsible for a lot of the news from SIE in the last year, including the PSVR 2 announcement.
Michael Pattinson, who is currently VP of Global Third-Party Relations and has been promoted to SVP, Platform Planning and Management. The post says that he “has been instrumental in building our current strong portfolio of business partnerships on PS4 and PS5 and has been a strong advocate for the Indie development community.
So, ultimately the big takeaway here is that those that have been involved in PSVR development in the past and present will play a much larger role in Sony Interactive Entertainment going forward. This is likely due to the upcoming release of the PSVR 2 headset sometime in the next few years.
What are your thoughts on these leadership changes and do you expect Sony’s strategy to change much?