Head of PlayStation, Andrew House departing after 27 years

After a long, and successful career at the Japanese electronics giant, CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment, which heads the popular PlayStation brand, will depart effective immediately, and be succeeded with another Sony stalwart, Tsuyoshi 'John' Kodera, who has been with the company since 1992.

Andrew House, who joined the company in 1990 under the corporate communications team, later moved on to marketing where he assisted in launching the original PlayStation. In 2011, he became CEO and President of Sony Computer Entertainment International, after which he merged the original Sony Computer Entertainment, and the Sony Network Entertainment to form the new Sony Interactive Entertainment division. During his career, he formed part of the teams that worked on every PlayStation launch and brought to life other innovations such as PlayStation Network, PlayStation Now, and PlayStation Vue.

In a statement, Andrew House spoke about his tenure at the company:

"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.

I shall always treasure the friendships and people that have made SIE such a wonderful place to work. I'm also grateful to PlayStation fans and gamers around the world for their loyalty and support. John and the team at SIE are world-class and I know the future of PlayStation is very bright."

House will remain as part of the company's Board until the end of the year, to ensure a smooth transition between the leadership during the current internal restructuring process. His successor, Tsuyoshi 'John' Kodera has had a long career as well after joining the company in the audio division in 1992, and has since then been 'instrumental' in the implementation of the PlayStation Store and other services. He was promoted to deputy under Andrew House last year after the aforementioned restructuring of Sony's entertainment divisions.

Source: GamesIndustry.biz

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