Last year, Kaz Hirai stepped down as Sony CEO and moved to a Director position. Not one year later, the man who saved Sony is now officially retiring in June.
Kenichiro Yoshida, Sony’s former CFO took over for Hirai and stayed on board to transition the company to new leadership under Yoshida. Now, it looks like the time is right to step down.
“Since passing the baton of CEO to Yoshida-san last April, as Chairman of Sony, I have had the opportunity to both ensure a smooth transition and provide support to Sony’s management”, said Kaz in an official statement. “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”.
Kaz Hirai may now be on his way to retirement, but he is available for Sony as a consultant if the need arises.