Sony Corporation and Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE) announced today that SIE President and Chief Executive Officer Andrew House was stepped down from his position, effective immediately. John (Tsuyoshi) Kodera has taken over the titles and job responsibilities in his place. House will remain with SIE through the end of the year as Chairman, ensuring a "smooth transition".
House has been with Sony since 1990, starting in a communications role at the company. He helped launch the original PlayStation, when he moved to marketing and communications for Sony Computer Entertainment in 1995. Since then, House has been Chief Marketing Officer of Sony Corporation, President and CEO of SCE Europe, and finally, President and Group CEO of SCE, a position he was appointed to in 2011.
Kodera was previously Deputy President of SIE. Prior to that appointment, he was President of Sony Network Entertainment International, in charge of the PlayStation Network, PlayStation Store, PlayStation Plus, PlayStation Now, PlayStation Vue, and more services within the PlayStation brand.
"When I passed the baton of leadership for Sony Computer Entertainment to Andrew House in 2011, I was confident that I was leaving the PlayStation business in the best possible hands, and so it has proved," said Sony CEO and President Kazuo Hirai in a statement. "I'm extremely grateful to Andy for the great contribution he has made to evolving the PlayStation business, and firmly positioning it as one of the drivers of our future growth. I would like to thank Andy for his contribution over many years, and wish him every success in the future."
"I'm tremendously proud of what we've built with PlayStation and Sony Interactive Entertainment: entertaining millions globally with the best in games and creating a fully fledged digital entertainment company. PlayStation has been a huge part of my life for more than 20 years but with the business having achieved record-breaking success, now seemed to be the right time for me to pursue new challenges," said House.