As Sony has announced, there is again a change in leadership at Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE), the PlayStation division of the Japanese group. It's the second change at the top in less than two years. The new president and CEO, who takes over from April 1, 2019, the Englishman Jim Ryan was appointed.
He succeeds John Kodera, who took over this role from Andrew House in October 2017. The spice of change: The two managers exchange their positions and the former deputy is now the boss of his former boss and this to his deputy. Jim Ryan has been Deputy President so far, this position will be taken over by John Kodera. As a defeat for John Kodera Sony would like to know the changes yet not understood.
Meaning of the PlayStation Network as justification
However, in the future, John Kodera will primarily focus on the PlayStation Network (PSN) to better exploit the opportunities it offers on the PlayStation and create new, innovative services. New players in the market are increasing the competition in this area. Kenichiro Yoshida, president and CEO of Sony, tried to highlight the importance of the PlayStation Network for the success of the division and how important it was for John Kodera to pay full attention to this area, which spans more than 90 monthly Millions of active users worldwide.
Jim Ryan with a long experience with Sony
In addition, since January 2016 Jim Ryan has been responsible for the distribution and marketing of the PlayStation consoles. He has been with Sony since 1994 and, as president of Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe, has led PlayStation operations in more than 100 countries in Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Oceania. He will report directly to Kenichiro Yoshida.