This press release announces that Ken Kutaragi will retire from his post as CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment effective June 19, 2007, to be replaced by president and COO Kazuo Hirai (thanks Kotaku). Kutaragi, known as the father of the PlayStation, will then serve as SCEI's Honorary Chairman and as an advisor to Sony chairman Sir Howard Stringer. Here's a bit:
After completing the launch of PLAYSTATION 3 worldwide, Mr. Kutaragi has decided to pursue his dreams beyond PlayStation and to accelerate his network vision.
"I am happy to graduate from Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. after introducing four platforms to the PlayStation family," said Ken Kutaragi, Chairman and Group CEO, Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. "It has been an exciting experience to change the world of computer entertainment by marrying cutting edge technologies with creative minds from all over the world. I'm looking forward to building on this vision in my next endeavors."