Sony's management team is going to go through some changes in the near future, if a news report is correct. Reuters states, via a Japanese news report, that Kazuo Hirai will be named as Sony's president in April. If true, Hirai would replace Howard Stringer in the president role. Stringer would remain as Sony's CEO and chairman in this new deal.
Kazuo Hirai has been a Sony team member for many years but started to really get a lot of attention when he was named head of Sony Computer Entertainment America. He lead that division through all of the major Playstation console launches and is credited as being part of the reason why Sony dominated the console market in the US from the late 1990s to the mid-2000s.
In 2006, Hirai took over as the overall worldwide head of Sony Computer Entertainment. Currently, he serves as Sony's executive deputy president and is in charge of all of Sony's consumer products. He has been named as Howard Stringer's successor as Sony's CEO more than once. If this new promotion is indeed true, Hirai is just one step away from becoming Sony's overall leader.