Former Sony CEO Kaz Hirai is retiring. After stepping down as CEO of Sony last year in April 2018, Hirai announced that he will be retiring from his current role of Director and Chairman.
Hirai previously served as the head of Sony Computer Entertainment, becoming the focus of a few memes during the launch of the PlayStation 3. Since then, Hirai led Sony back to profitability, driven by a strong video games division. Sony's former CFO Kenichiro Yoshida took over for Hirai in 2018.
In a statement Hirai writes, "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 won't be cutting ties with Sony for good. According to Yoshida, Hirai will still act as Senior Advisor to Sony even after stepping down on June 18. Though it'll be hard to advise a company when you're vacationing in Hawaii. (We imagine. We don't know what Hirai will do in his retirement).